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Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1987 Jul;10(4 Pt 1):951-4.

Inadvertent transarterial pacemaker insertion: an unusual complication.


We describe an unusual complication of pacemaker treatment in a patient who died after a replacement operation. In a difficult situation in which a functioning pacemaker was highly desirable and in which most of the available veins had already been used, the pacemaker electrode was inserted, by mistake, through a small artery. This was not detected by fluoroscopy during surgery. The postoperative X-ray examination seemed to indicate that the electrode tip was located in the coronary sinus, but the subsequent autopsy revealed it to be located in the left ventricle.

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