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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 221-222

Usage of point-of-care ultrasonography for rapid diagnosis of cardiac perforation by pacemaker lead

Department of Emergency Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital; Department of Emergency Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

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Dr. Sai-Wai Ho
Department of Emergency Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, No. 110, Section 1, Jianguo N. Road, Taichung
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmu.jmu_131_21

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Cardiac perforation after pacemaker placement is a rare form of cardiovascular emergency. A case of an elderly adult undergoing hemodialysis that contributed to this emergency is presented. The history, clinical imaging findings, and surgical procedures for clinical assessment are briefly described. Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) was used to identify, locate, and perform ultrasonography-guided pericardiocentesis. The role of POCUS in cases of tamponade has been emphasized in clinical settings.

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