The authors analyzed the data of seven patients who had undergone open heart surgery because of pacemaker endocarditis in the past 4 years. Repeated surgical interventions on the pacemaker system were found to be the most common predisposing factors. Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis were the most common causative organisms. Two-dimensional echocardiography was important in the diagnosis of cases with atypical clinical picture and negative blood cultures. We concluded that: (1) any pacemaker patient with fever should be considered to have a pacemaker endocarditis; (2) all of these patients should be examined by two-dimensional echocardiography; and (3) the total removal of the infected hardware seems to be the only way to achieve complete recovery.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||PACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1996|
- pacemaker endocarditis
- two-dimensional echocardiography
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine