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Blocked superior vena cava (SVC) presents a well-recognized problem for the implantation of device leads. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads pose a greater challenge than the pacing leads by requiring an adequate shock vector for successful defibrillation. We present here a novel technique of opening the blocked SVC to facilitate ICD lead implantation through the upper venous system.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.1540-8159.2010.02795_1.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol

Publication Date

09/2011

Volume

34

Pages

e82 - e84

Keywords

Aged, Catheterization, Defibrillators, Implantable, Humans, Male, Radiography, Superior Vena Cava Syndrome, Treatment Outcome