The Postcardiotomy Syndrome Following Transvenous Pacemaker Insertion

MATTHEW E. SNOW, ARTHUR S. AGATSTON, H. COLEMAN KRAMER, PHILIP SAMET

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Abstract

We describe a syndrome of fever, pericarditis, and symptomatic pericardial effusion beginning 2 months after transvenous insertion of a permanent pacemaker in a 75‐year‐old woman. The syndrome improved dramalicaily following pericardiocentesis and resolved after subsequent administration of indomethacin. Although right ventricuiar perforation during pacemaker insertion was not recognized, inadvertent perforation leading to the postcardiotomy syndrome is postulated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)934-936
Number of pages3
JournalPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1987

Keywords

  • pericardial effusion
  • postcardiotomy syndrome
  • transvenous pacemaker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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