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Pacemaker complications 

Pacemaker complications
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Pacemaker complications
Author(s):

Jonathan Timperley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199687831.003.0004
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date: 18 September 2019

This chapter acknowledges that although pacemaker implantation is a relatively simple technique, there are significant complications that can occur at different times. Peri-procedural complications, such as failed venous access, air embolus, and cardiac perforation are described, including early warning signs and management methods. Intermediate complications such as haematoma and dislodgement of the lead tip are covered. Late complications, including thrombosis, ‘Twiddler’s syndrome’, and the appearance of manufacturing defects are also described, along with management techniques.

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