Pacemaker Lead Migration and Ventricular Perforation in a Patient Presenting with Chest Pain.


East Florida


Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date



artificial pacemaker, electrocardiography, diagnostic imaging, ventricular septal rupture


Critical Care | Diagnosis | Internal Medicine | Surgical Procedures, Operative


CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a middle-age male with a past medical history of second-degree atrioventricular block type II status post permanent pacemaker placement the day prior who presented to the emergency department complaining of chest pain. Electrocardiography showed a non-paced ventricular rhythm. Chest radiograph showed the ventricular pacemaker lead located distally overlying the right ventricle apical area. On further investigation, chest computed tomography showed a perforation of the ventricular wall by the pacemaker lead prompting urgent intervention by the cardiothoracic surgery team for lead replacement and right ventricular repair.

DISCUSSION: Our case illustrates the importance of timely recognition of a perforated pacemaker lead in a patient presenting with chest pain after device implantation. We additionally describe the risk factors for ventricular perforation, initial clinical presentation, and management approach.

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Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine