Should every broken lead be extracted?
Cardiac Electrophysiol Clin
With expanded indications for device therapy, the use of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) has greatly increased over the past decade. There has been a similar increase in device complications. Clinicians increasingly are faced with the challenging choice of extraction or abandonment of sterile, superfluous CIED leads. As with any intervention, the decision to proceed with lead extraction for the management of lead malfunctions mandates a comparison of the risks of extraction with the risks of lead abandonment. Decisions regarding lead extraction must be made on an individual case-by-case basis, integrating various patient and lead characteristics and operator-related variables. © 2011.
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School of Medicine
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