Successful management of an infected implantable cardioverter defibrillator with oral antibiotics and without removal of the device

Vladimir Turkisher, Israel Priel, Michael Dan

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Abstract

Infection of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator developed 2 weeks after implantation, presenting with fever, swelling, redness, and tenderness of the skin above the generator site. A cloxacillin resistant coagulase- negative staphylococcus was repeatedly cultured from the abdominal wall pocket fluid. The infection was successfully treated with a combination of two antibiotics, fusidic acid and rifampin, given orally for 3 months. Although the device was not removed, infection did not recur during a 24- month follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2268-2270
Number of pages3
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume20
Issue number9 I
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Foreign device infection
  • Fusidic acid
  • Implantable cardioveter defibrillator
  • Rifampin

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