A case of Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis associated with a retained pacemaker electrode fragment is presented. Antibiotic therapy was to no avail. The electrode fragment was eventually removed by cardiotomy with cardiopulmonary bypass, and the infection then cleared. The mechanism of electrode entrapment and the various alternative methods of treatment are discussed. When a foreign body cannot be removed by closed techniques, cardiotomy with cardiopulmonary bypass is necessary.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine