N. Weidner, F. Langer, H. Buchinger, G. Fröhlig, T. Volk, H.-J. Schäfers, H.V. Groesdonk
[Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 14: 174-177, 2010]
Eight weeks after uncomplicated AICD implantation and uneventful postoperative course, a 17 years old patient was referred to our hospital with left sided pneumothorax and pectoral muscle twitches. A chest x-ray was performed and clearly showed a lung penetrating AICD lead. Surgery was performed by percutaneous extraction of the lead and implantation of a new AICD. The patient recovered without any further events.
Key words: automated implantable cardiac defibrillator, cardiac arrhythmia, pacemaker, lead, perforation
Heinrich V. Groesdonk, M.D.
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
University of Saarland