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Inappropriate high-rate ventricular pacing in a patient with a defibrillator.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12408263     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We describe a patient who presented with high rate ventricular pacing secondary to dysfunction of his implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The device was also unable to communicate with the programmer and unable to treat ventricular fibrillation. Immediate disconnection of the ICD from the leads was the only effective recourse. Subsequent detailed technical analysis of the device revealed a different electrical circuit problem from that found in typical cases of runaway pacing. To our knowledge this is the first description of a malfunction of precisely this nature.
S Zaim; H Sunthorn; J J Adatte; K Kürsteiner; D Burgener; C Huehn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1099-5129     ISO Abbreviation:  Europace     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-31     Completed Date:  2003-02-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883649     Medline TA:  Europace     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  427-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiology, University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial*
Defibrillators, Implantable*
Equipment Failure
Fatal Outcome
Tachycardia, Ventricular / therapy

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