Venous access thrombosis detected by transcutaneous vascular ultrasound in patients with single-polyurethane-lead permanent pacemaker

Li Jen Lin, Jiunn Lee Lin, Wei Chuan Tsai, Jeng Kai Teng, Liang Miing Tsai, Jyh Hong Chen

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In order to assess the incidence of significant venous thrombosis after transvenous permanent pacemaker implantation, transcutaneous ultrasound studies were performed in 109 consecutive patients with single-polyurethane- lead pacemakers. Ultrasonic evaluation was found to be a good noninvasive method in assessing the veins. Six patients (5.5%) were found to have significant venous obstruction in the subclavian vein. However, none of them were symptomatic. No difference in the incidence of venous obstruction was found, based on the age, duration of implantation, operative technique, potentially thrombogenic factors including atrial fibrillation, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart failure and end-stage renal disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-400
Number of pages5
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 10 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Permanent pacemaker
  • Subclavian vein
  • Venous thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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