Value of a Joint Cardiac Surgery-Cardiac Electrophysiology Approach.

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Bernardes de Souza B, Benharash P, Esmailian F, Bradfield J, Boyle NG.

J Card Surg. 2015;Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]


We report three cases of vascular injury during laser lead extractions, requiring urgent surgical correction. Immediate sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass were possible because of an institutional collaboration where cardiac surgeon and cardiac electrophysiologist jointly perform these cases, and all patients survived. We propose this joint approach is ultimately the best option for patients undergoing lead extraction.

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