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Gold-coated pacemaker implantation after allergic reactions to pacemaker compounds


Syburra, T; Schurr, U; Rahn, M; Graves, K; Genoni, M (2010). Gold-coated pacemaker implantation after allergic reactions to pacemaker compounds. Europace, 12(5):749-750.

Abstract

An 86-year-old man underwent pacemaker implantation for symptomatic atrio-ventricular block grade 2 Mobitz II. The patient suffered repeated admissions for iterative sterile wound necrosis, leading to two generator re-implantations. No bacterial infection was detected in the microbiological screening tests. The skin patch testing to titanium was negative. Nevertheless, we decided to remove the pacemaker system and to implant a gold-plated generator with polyurethane leads. Since then, there has been no recurrence of wound complications. Gold-plated generator and polyurethane leads are effective in treating allergic reactions to pacemaker system components in selected cases. Negative skin patch testing to titanium does not exclude allergic reaction to this pacemaker component.

Abstract

An 86-year-old man underwent pacemaker implantation for symptomatic atrio-ventricular block grade 2 Mobitz II. The patient suffered repeated admissions for iterative sterile wound necrosis, leading to two generator re-implantations. No bacterial infection was detected in the microbiological screening tests. The skin patch testing to titanium was negative. Nevertheless, we decided to remove the pacemaker system and to implant a gold-plated generator with polyurethane leads. Since then, there has been no recurrence of wound complications. Gold-plated generator and polyurethane leads are effective in treating allergic reactions to pacemaker system components in selected cases. Negative skin patch testing to titanium does not exclude allergic reaction to this pacemaker component.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:May 2010
Deposited On:08 Mar 2010 17:45
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 00:08
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1099-5129
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/eup411
PubMed ID:20022879

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