Effects of surgical and endoscopic electrocautery on modern-day permanent pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator systems.

@article{Cheng2008EffectsOS,
  title={Effects of surgical and endoscopic electrocautery on modern-day permanent pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator systems.},
  author={Alan Cheng and Saman Nazarian and David D Spragg and Kenneth C. Bilchick and Harikrishna S. Tandri and Lynette J Mark and Henry R. Halperin and Hugh Calkins and Ronald D. Berger and Charles A. Henrikson},
  journal={Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE},
  year={2008},
  volume={31 3},
  pages={344-50}
}
BACKGROUND Current guidelines recommend that all implanted pacemakers (PPM) and defibrillators (ICD) be interrogated before and after every invasive procedure. The ability of newer devices to withstand system malfunction or failure during surgery/endoscopy remains unknown. OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency of PPM or ICD malfunction from periprocedural electrocautery. METHODS Ninety-two consecutive individuals referred for evaluation of a PPM or ICD system prior to noncardiac surgery… CONTINUE READING
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