Long-term outcome of complete cardiovascular implantable electronic device removal with cardiopulmonary bypass

Masaho Okada, Yuji Narita, Yoshimori Araki, Hideki Oshima, Akihiko Usui, Yuichi Ueda

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Definitive endovascular techniques have been developed for pacemaker lead extraction; however, a few patients require immediate secondary open heart surgery because of incomplete transvenous lead extraction. This study examined the safety, effectiveness, and long-term outcome of the removal of cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) via median sternotomy under cardiopulmonary bypass. The removal of CIED was performed in 6 patients (mean age 57 ± 16 years, 5 males and 1 female), from September 2000 to April 2011. The reasons for removal included eradication of an infection in 5 patients and elimination of pacemaker component allergy in 1. Positive culture results, including methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA, n = 2), methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA, n = 1), coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS, n = 1), and methicillin-resistant S. epidermidis (MRSE, n = 1) were observed in all 5 infected patients. Mitral annuloplasty (n = 1), mitral valvuloplasty (n = 1), tricuspid annuloplasty (n = 3). Implantation of myocardial pacing leads (n = 5) were performed concomitantly (n = 4), or secondarily (n = 1). All 6 patients were alive in good condition at 72 ± 55 months following CIED removal. New device infection occurred in 1 patient during long-term follow up. Complete surgical removal of pacing systems via median sternotomy with cardiopulmonary bypass is, therefore, considered to be safe and feasible with acceptable long term results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Artificial Organs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 06-2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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