Cross-stimulation: a rare complication of chronic epicardial leads

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2009 Sep;20(9):1065-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2008.01421.x. Epub 2009 Feb 2.


Cross-stimulation is a rare phenomenon that occurs during dual-chamber pacing when the pacing stimulus to one chamber results in the inadvertent capture of the other. Most cases are attributable to intrinsic design features of particular device models or lead malpositioning, and only occur early postimplantation with subsequent spontaneous resolution. We report a case of cross-stimulation occurring in a patient with chronic epicardial leads without loss of lead integrity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / etiology*
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / prevention & control*
  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Electrodes, Implanted / adverse effects*
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Humans
  • Prosthesis Failure*