Pacemaker lead perforation causing hemopericardium eight years after implantation

Jackson J. Liang, Ammar M. Killu, Michael J. Osborn, Allan S. Jaffe

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The number of patients with intracardiac devices, including permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators is increasing. Lead perforation is a recognized complication which most often occurs during or shortly following pacemaker implantation. Late lead perforation occurring over 30 days after device insertion is a rare, potentially life-threatening complication. We present a case of late lead perforation unmasked greater than eight years after pacemaker implantation by initiation of anticoagulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-333
Number of pages3
JournalIndian heart journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Anticoagulation
  • Device complication
  • Hemopericardium
  • Lead perforation
  • Pacemaker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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