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Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2017 Jun;40(6):629-631. doi: 10.1111/pace.13074. Epub 2017 May 16.

Cremation of Leadless Pacemaker.

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1
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China.
2
Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China.

Abstract

Cremation of implanted cardiac electronic devices can be associated with explosion from rapid gas formation causing potential hazard to the crematoria staffs and facilities. We present four patients who had undergone cremation with a leadless pacemaker (MicraTM , Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) left inside their bodies. There was neither reported explosion nor damage to the cremation chamber during the cremation process. In this small series, cremation of MicraTM is not associated with noticeable explosion.

KEYWORDS:

cremation; leadless pacemaker

PMID:
28295442
DOI:
10.1111/pace.13074
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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