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Ventricular fibrillation following removal of temporary epicardial pacemaking wires

  • Yildirim Imren (a1), Hakan Zor (a1) and Irfan Tasoglu (a1)

Abstract

Temporary wires are routinely sutured to both the atrial and ventricular epimyocardium after open heart surgery. Despite their rarity, complications related to removal of such pacemaking wires may cause life threatening situations. We describe here a patient who developed ventricular fibrillation immediately after removal of temporary epicardial pacemaking wires.

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Correspondence to: Yildirim Imren MD, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Gazi Hospital, Besevler 06500, Ankara, Turkey. Tel: +90 312 202 67 97; Fax: +90 312 212 90 14; E-mail: yimren@gazi.edu.tr

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Ventricular fibrillation following removal of temporary epicardial pacemaking wires

  • Yildirim Imren (a1), Hakan Zor (a1) and Irfan Tasoglu (a1)

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