What are the implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) infection rates?

Updated: Feb 13, 2017
  • Author: Daniel M Beyerbach, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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ICD infection rates are higher in patients undergoing generator replacement compared with de novo implant. [48] A prospective study revealed an infection rate of 1.3% in patients undergoing device replacement. [49] In this study, postoperative hematoma significantly increased the risk of infection (22.7% vs 0.98%).


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