Pacemaker Infection with Mycobacterium Avium Complex

MAHESH AMIN, JAY GROSS, CAROLYN ANDREWS, SEYMOUR FURMAN

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Abstract

A 21 ‐year‐old, HIV negative, malnourished, homeless woman with congenital heart block had a pacemaker implanted at 7 years of age and multiple procedures thereafter. The most recent of these procedures was replacement of a pulse generator in the right pectoral region. Four months later she had fever, pain, and swelling over the implant site resulting from infection with mixed flora and Mycobacterium avium complex. The pacemaker system was removed fay thoracotomy via a median sternotomy and a new DDD pacemaker simultaneously implanted. She was treated with systemic antibiotics—isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol—for 2 weeks. Six months later she was healthy, pacing well, and apparently free of infection, off all medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-154
Number of pages3
JournalPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1991

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Keywords

  • mycobacterium avium complex
  • systemic antibiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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