ALLEN B. WEISSE, M.D., F.A.C.P.; CHRISTOS B. MOSCHOS, M.D.; GILBERT E. LEVINSON, M.D., F.A.C.P.; TIMOTHY J. REGAN, M.D.
The first instance of a broken Sommer pacemaker electrode and the successful retrieval of the separated intracardiac segment without thoracotomy is reported. Previous episodes of cardiac catheter breakage and methods for nontraumatic removal are described. An outline for avoiding such mishaps and an approach for their management if they do occur is presented.
WEISSE AB, MOSCHOS CB, LEVINSON GE, REGAN TJ. Snaring of a Broken Sommer Pacemaker Electrode: Intracardiac Catheter Fragments and Nonsurgical Methods of Removal. Ann Intern Med. ;72:695–697. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-695
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):695-697.
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