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The summary below is from the full report titled “Diagnosis and Management of Infections Involving Implantable Electrophysiologic Cardiac Devices.” It is in the 17 October 2000 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 133, pages 604-608). The authors are JD Chua, BL Wilkoff, I Lee, N Juratli, DL Longworth, and SM Gordon.