ICD and neuromodulation devices: is peaceful coexistence possible?

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2011 Jun;34(6):690-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2011.03036.x. Epub 2011 Feb 8.


Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the potential cross-talk between implantable cardioverter defibrillator device (ICD) and implantable neuromodulation device (IND) during the implantation procedure and the ventricular fibrillation induction test and in daily life.

Methods: We present two cases of patients with an IND who underwent ICD implantation and one case of a patient implanted with a biventricular ICD who received an IND 6 months later. Two of these patients had a spinal cord stimulator (SCS), while the other had a sacral neuromodulator.

Results: No cross-talk was recorded in the patient with the sacral neuromodulator and the ICD. Temporary damage to one of the SCSs was observed after multiple ICD shocks.

Conclusions: When implanted contemporarily with sacral or spinal neurostimulators, cardiac devices appear to be safe, as confirmed by the appropriate detection and interruption of arrhythmic episodes. On the other hand, neuromodulation devices could be temporarily or permanently damaged by multiple ICD discharges. It is recommended that the neurostimulator be interrogated after an ICD shock, in order to check the state of the device.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Artifacts*
  • Defibrillators, Implantable / adverse effects*
  • Electric Injuries / diagnosis
  • Electric Injuries / etiology*
  • Electric Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / instrumentation*
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Equipment Failure*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged