Epicardial Implantation of the Automatic Implantable Defibrillator by Left Subcostal Tboracotomy

G. M. Lawrie, J. C. Griffin, C. R C Wyndham

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Abstract

The automatic implantable defibrillator is a valuable addition to the management of certain patients with ventricular tachycardia and/or fibrillation. The original technique required placement of two transvenous electrodes and an epicardial electrode via a left thoracotomy. We have successfully developed an all‐epicardial approach using a left subcostal thoracotomy. Previous experience with epicardial pacemaker implantation by this approach suggested it would he a good technique for implantation of the automatic defibrillator. Early results with this approach have encouraged its continued use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1370-1374
Number of pages5
JournalPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

Keywords

  • automatic defibrillator
  • implant techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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