What are the acute surgical complications of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2017
  • Author: Daniel M Beyerbach, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Several complications of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) implant have been described, some of which are currently tracked in a national database of ICD implants. Acute surgical complications include the following:

  • Pain

  • Bleeding

  • Pneumothorax

  • Hemothorax

  • Cardiac perforation with or without pericardial effusion and tamponade (sometimes requiring urgent drainage)

  • Pulseless electrical activity following intraoperative defibrillation threshold testing


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