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Inappropriate shocks delivered by an ICD as a result of sensed potentials from a transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation unit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9793104     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the potential for transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) units to interfere with appropriate function of cardiac pacemakers is well documented, an adverse interaction between a TENS unit and an ICD has never been reported. We describe a patient in whom a TENS unit created an electrical artifact that was interpreted by a transvenous ICD as ventricular fibrillation, leading to the delivery of inappropriate therapy. TENS units should be used with caution in patients with ICDs.
D M Philbin; M A Marieb; K H Aithal; M H Schoenfeld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0147-8389     ISO Abbreviation:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-21     Completed Date:  1998-12-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803944     Medline TA:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2010-1     Citation Subset:  IM    
Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Defibrillators, Implantable*
Equipment Failure
Tachycardia, Ventricular / therapy
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation / adverse effects*,  instrumentation
Ventricular Fibrillation / diagnosis
Comment In:
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1999 Apr;22(4 Pt 1):692-3   [PMID:  10234731 ]
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1999 Feb;22(2):400-1   [PMID:  10087563 ]

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