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Why and when do physicians recommend extracting icd or defibrillator?

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Dr. Savas Mavridis
Surgery - Thoracic
5 doctors agree

In brief: Various reasons

Icd lead extraction can have serious life threatening complications and needs to be performed by experienced physicians.
There are many reasons to remove a device and leads, most common due to an infection in the heart, or other complications such as blood clots. More frequently due to the number of implants lead malfunction and recalls are becoming more frequent cause for extraction.

In brief: Various reasons

Icd lead extraction can have serious life threatening complications and needs to be performed by experienced physicians.
There are many reasons to remove a device and leads, most common due to an infection in the heart, or other complications such as blood clots. More frequently due to the number of implants lead malfunction and recalls are becoming more frequent cause for extraction.
Dr. Savas Mavridis
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Infection

Usually once a device is put in we do not remove it.
The reason it was put in is usually permanent. If the device became infected it would have to be removed. If the battery wears out, it would be removed and replaced with a new one. Also if the electrode (wire) were to break or stop conducting, it might be removed and replaced with a new wire.

In brief: Infection

Usually once a device is put in we do not remove it.
The reason it was put in is usually permanent. If the device became infected it would have to be removed. If the battery wears out, it would be removed and replaced with a new one. Also if the electrode (wire) were to break or stop conducting, it might be removed and replaced with a new wire.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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