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Erosion of the left ventricle by the epicardial patch of an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Janet McComb, Dr Mark De Belder


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A 56 year old man with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator was admitted with chest pain and collapse. Erosion of the left ventricle by an epicardial patch was confirmed by thoracotomy, but surgical repair was impossible. This rare com; plication should be considered in patients with a history of cardioverter defibrillators implanted by thoracotomy.

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Author(s): Sutton AGC, McComb JM, de Belder MA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Heart

Year: 1999

Volume: 82

Issue: 1

Pages: 112-113

Print publication date: 01/07/1999

ISSN (print): 1355-6037

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Publisher: BMJ Group