Infezione di elettrocatetere di pacemaker: diagnosi con ecocardiografia transesofagea multiplana.

Translated title of the contribution: Pacemaker-induced infection: diagnosis by multi-plane transesophageal echocardiography

G. Corrado, G. Tarelli, M. Santarone

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We report the identification by multiplane transesophageal echocardiography of a vegetation on a permanent pacemaker lead in a patient with persistent bacteriemia. The lesion could not be visualized with transthoracic echocardiography. The diagnosis of vegetation was based on the visualization of a freely highly mobile mass attached to the pacemaker lead, with different echogenicity from the lead. The entire pacing system was surgically removed through a right atrial approach, and inspection confirmed pacemaker lead vegetation. We conclude that transesophageal echocardiography should be considered to investigate suspected pacemaker lead infection in patients with negative transthoracic echocardiography.

Translated title of the contributionPacemaker-induced infection: diagnosis by multi-plane transesophageal echocardiography
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)1083-1086
Number of pages4
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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