Volume 43, Issue 5 (September 1998)

    Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators and the Pathologist: Comment and Cautionary Notes

    (Received 23 January 1998; accepted 16 February 1998)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    This paper briefly reviews the components of, the clinical uses of, the techniques to place, and the complications related to implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). Information useful in the specific identification of ICDs is presented. A series of recommendations for the autopsy examination or postmortem explantation of ICDs by the pathologist is given. Because of the serious risk of injury to the pathologist possible with postmortem discharges of ICDs which have not been deactivated, and because of the risk of device explosion if the ICD is incinerated, a number of cautionary notes are provided. A brief case with occurrence of accidental postmortem discharge of an active ICD is also presented.


    Author Information:

    Veinot, JP
    The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario

    Bourke, ME
    The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario

    Green, M
    The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario

    Walley, VM
    The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario

    Stinson, WA
    The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario


    Stock #: JFS14343J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14343J

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    Title Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators and the Pathologist: Comment and Cautionary Notes
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