Temporary epicardial pacing wire removal: is it an innocuous procedure?

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Summary of "Temporary epicardial pacing wire removal: is it an innocuous procedure?"

The safety and efficacy of temporary pericardial pacing wires have been accepted and their use is common after cardiac operations. Complications related to pacing wire removal are unusual but it can be serious and even catastrophic. We report an unusual case of bleeding due the laceration and rent created in the saphenous vein graft wall by the metallic tip of the pacing wire at the time of pacing wire removal. Keywords: Cardiac surgery; Pacing wire removal; Bleeding; Tamponade.

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Heart and Lung Centre, New Cross Hospital , Wolverhampton UK.

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Name: Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
ISSN: 1569-9285
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