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Pacemaker-related Endocarditis and Therapeutic Approaches [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2001; 29(9): 577-583

Pacemaker-related Endocarditis and Therapeutic Approaches

İzzet ERDİNLER1, Ayşegül KARAHAN1, Utku ZOR1, Ertan ÖKMEN1

Endocarditis related to pacemaker lead infection is a rare but serious complication. Diagnosis should be suspected in the presence of recurrent fever, local signs of infection in the pacemaker pocket and pulmonary lesions after pacemaker insertion. Coagulase- positive and -negative staphylococci are the responsible microorganisms in the majority of these infections. Transesophageal echocardiography is the method of choice for imaging a vegetation on an endocavitary pacing lead. The most efficient treatment to eradicate the infection is complete removal of the pacemaker system, either percutaneously or surgically.

Keywords: Pacemaker, endocarditis, lead extraction

How to cite this article
İzzet ERDİNLER, Ayşegül KARAHAN, Utku ZOR, Ertan ÖKMEN. Pacemaker-related Endocarditis and Therapeutic Approaches. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2001; 29(9): 577-583
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