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

LEAD connection's picture
Year Published: 

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

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

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.

Link to abstract on PubMed