Transvenous pacemaker placement: left lateral decubitus position and wireless digital radiography.
A patient presented with symptomatic third degree atrioventricular block requiring emergency transvenous pacemaker placement. During the procedure, wireless digital radiographs tracked the position of the pacemaker electrode, which repeatedly missed the target right ventricle. The patient was then rolled to left lateral decubitus position and the electrode was advanced into the right ventricle, achieving electrical capture, hemodynamic stability, and symptom resolution. We review the published literature on transvenous pacemaker placement and identify two innovations: left lateral decubitus position to facilitate catheter placement and wireless digital radiography for procedure guidance.
Broder, JS; Silver, JM; Fischetti, CE
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