Placement of Reveal LINQ Device in the Left Anterior Axillary Position

Heather Anderson, Joseph Dearani, M. Yasir Qureshi, Kimberly Holst, Patrick O’Leary, Bryan Cannon, Philip Wackel

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Implantable loop recorders (ILR) are utilized for long-term rhythm monitoring. Typical placement of the Medtronic Reveal LINQ along the left parasternal border may compromise the quality and/or feasibility of future imaging studies. We sought to evaluate the utility of placing an ILR in the left anterior axillary position and the impact on the quality of cardiac imaging. We reviewed patients from May 2017 to June 2018 who had placement of a Reveal LINQ device in the left anterior axillary position. Demographic, procedural, and clinical data were collected via retrospective review. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies were reviewed for image quality after ILR placement. Eight patients met inclusion criteria for this study (median age 6 years, 50% female). Six patients (75%) had an ILR placed in the operating room, while all others were placed in the electrophysiology lab. All patients demonstrated acceptable R waves for diagnostic evaluation (median = 0.85 mV, range 0.24–1.7 mV). Cardiac MRI was obtained in 7 patients following ILR placement with diagnostic image quality and no adverse events. One device was explanted 28 days after placement due to concern for possible infection. No other devices required removal or revision (median follow up duration 11 months, IQR 8–13.5). ILR placement in the left anterior axillary position can record adequate signals in pediatric patients. In addition, axillary ILR device position may allow for completion of cardiac imaging, particularly cardiac MRI, without significant artifacts which is critical for patients with congenital heart disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Cardiac imaging
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Electrophysiology
  • Implantable loop recorder
  • MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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