The salvage of infected cardiac pacemaker pockets using a closed irrigation system

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1986 Nov;9(6):785-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.1986.tb06628.x.


Over a period of 71 months, 19 patients were treated for infected or eroded permanent pacemaker pockets. All cases were treated with local debridement and insertion of a closed irrigation system using a solution of tyloxapol and tobramycin. Successful eradicaiton of the infection, without complete replacement of the pacemaker system, was achieved in all cases.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacterial Infections / etiology*
  • Bacterial Infections / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pacemaker, Artificial / adverse effects*
  • Polyethylene Glycols / therapeutic use
  • Recurrence
  • Reoperation
  • Therapeutic Irrigation
  • Tobramycin / therapeutic use


  • Polyethylene Glycols
  • Tobramycin
  • tyloxapol