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The unusual journey of a retained epicardial pacing wire

Francesca Giacomazzi, Lorenzo Menicanti, Massimo Lombardi, Roberto Tramarin
  • Lorenzo Menicanti
    Cardiac Surgery Department, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Milano, Italy
  • Massimo Lombardi
    Multimodal Cardiac Imaging, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Milano, Italy
  • Roberto Tramarin
    Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Milano, Italy

Abstract

The placement of temporary epicardial pacing wires (EPWs) at the completion of cardiac surgery is a routine procedure in most centers. Complications related to their insertion, removal and retention are infrequent, yet potentially severe, including hemorrhage, tamponade, infection and death. Here, we describe an unusual case of retained temporary EPWs migration.

Keywords

Temporary epicardial pacing wire migration; epicardial pacing wire complication.

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Submitted: 2017-07-11 20:35:59
Published: 2017-09-04 00:00:00
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