Successful percutaneous extraction of a chronic left ventricular pacing lead

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1991 Oct;14(10):1448-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.1991.tb04063.x.


This report describes a patient with a chronic endocardial left ventricular pacing lead. To avoid the risk of future embolization, it was felt that the lead should be removed and right ventricular pacing established. The lead was carefully evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography to exclude adherent thrombus. Successful percutaneous lead extraction was accomplished without sequelae, thus avoiding the morbidity of a thoracotomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Echocardiography / methods*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Electrodes, Implanted
  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / therapy*
  • Heart Ventricles
  • Heparin / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pacemaker, Artificial*
  • Thromboembolism / prevention & control


  • Heparin