Partial Rupture of the Tricuspid Valve after Extraction of Permanent Pacemaker Leads: Detection by Transesophageal Echocardiography

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Year Published: 
1999

Assayag P, Thuaire C, Benamer H, Sebbah J, Leport C, Brochet E.

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1999;22:971-4.

Abstract
Traumatic lesions of the tricuspid valve complicating pacemaker lead extractions appear to be rare. We report two cases of partial rupture of the tricuspid valve, following apparently uneventful extraction of permanent ventricular leads, resulting in severe regurgitation and, in one case, chronic heart failure. TEE was useful to identify the traumatic mechanism of tricuspid regurgitation (TR) and the extent of valvular lesions in these patients. Such etiology should be suspected, and TEE performed, in patients developing TR or heart failure late after lead extraction.

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