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Pacemaker failure induced by radiotherapy.
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PMID:  7513850     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is well documented that radiation therapy can have significant transitory and permanent effects on the function of cardiac pacemakers. In this study 18 multiprogrammable pacemakers were tested to establish any pattern by which these pacemakers are affected. The results confirm previous predictions on how pacemakers are damaged. The damage could be divided essentially into three types: (1) temporary change to interference or safety mode pacing lasting for the duration of the irradiation only; (2) change to interference mode pacing--from which recovery may occur after reprogramming the pacemaker; and (3) severe damage; in this case the pacemaker stops generating pulses. Recovery from this may occur a long time after the end of the treatment, but this recovery is mostly incomplete and the pacemaker cannot be used reliably thereafter. Therefore it is essential that patients with implanted pacemakers undergoing radiation therapy, should be monitored closely during the course of the treatment and for a few weeks thereafter.
S K Souliman; J Christie
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0147-8389     ISO Abbreviation:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  1994 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-06-06     Completed Date:  1994-06-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803944     Medline TA:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  270-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-Engineering, Beatson Oncology Centre, Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Electromagnetic Fields
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure
Materials Testing
Pacemaker, Artificial*
Radiotherapy Dosage

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