Pacemaker/Defibrillator coming out

My mother has a Medtronic PM/Defibrillator. The original device was installed in 2001 (concerto, I believe). Many complications with it. She received about 30 non therapeutic shocks in the first year. The device wasnt functioning properlly and had to be switched out. 

The newer devices battery depleted in 2005, a new device was put in.

That one lasted until 2009. By now the surgical site and pocket were so scarred and hard to the touch.

New device installed in 2016. Was hospitalized shortly after surgery. MRSA and infection to site.

Healed, but not well. From that time until now, many complaints have been made to the cardiologist. The site was always tender, red, warm to touch, AND you could see the outline of the device sitting under her skin. It was raised. The cardiologist said that he had to position it differently because the wires were short. TODAY, the PM is working its way out of her body. The corner of the device is out of her skin. Took her to Cardiologist, but they wont see her. They said he have to go through the ER because its an open wound.

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Has anyone ever heard of this happening? Devices coming out? I have pictures, but dont know how to post


Defibrilator coming out

by AgentX86 - 2020-03-09 23:09:43

Yes, I've heard of this and it is very serious.  This is most common among people who "twiddle" (can't keep their hands off) their pacemaker.  At can happen to any that are closer to the surface.  Being very close to the surface isn't uncommon, particularly among those who have lost weight after their implant.  Mine is clearly visible and the leads are obvious.

Your husband's cardiologist was exactly correct.  The ER is the proper place for this - it is an emergency.  An infection can be deadly and once the skin is breached, an infection is all but assured.  It's not going to get better on its own.



by abbeynormal - 2020-03-10 00:53:42

Thank you so much for responding. She has been admitted to the hospital where they started antibiotics and are running test. The cardiologist will make their rounds in the morning. 

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