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Runaway implantable defibrillator--a rare complication of radiation therapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17461884     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case of a patient with runaway implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) due to radiation therapy of a lung cancer is reported. This manifested as poorly tolerated wide complex tachycardia due to inappropriate rapid ventricular pacing, The event terminated with polymorphic VT, which inhibited pacing and ceased spontaneously before ICD discharge. The likely cause was corruption of device random access memory by ionizing radiation.
Jan Nemec
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0147-8389     ISO Abbreviation:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-27     Completed Date:  2007-07-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803944     Medline TA:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  716-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiovascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / drug therapy,  radiotherapy*
Combined Modality Therapy
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control
Defibrillators, Implantable*
Equipment Failure Analysis
Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy,  radiotherapy*
Middle Aged
Neoplasm Invasiveness
Radiotherapy / adverse effects*
Radiotherapy Dosage
Tachycardia, Ventricular / etiology*,  prevention & control

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