A novel approach to determining the cause of pacemaker lead failure
George K. Brodell, MD
Bruce L. Wilkoff, MDAddress reprint requests to B.L.W., The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Cardiology, Section of Pacing and Electrophysiology, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195.
A case of pacemaker lead dysfunction with subsequent removal by a unique transvenous extraction system is presented. This technique allows detailed examination of the extracted pacemaker lead and identification of unsuspected causes of lead failure. Information relative to specific causes of lead failure may result in lead design improvements.