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Title: Pneumopericardium: an uncommon complication of atrial lead perforation following pacemaker implantation
Author(s): J. Higny , D. Blommaert
Journal: Acta Cardiologica
Volume: 69    Issue: 2   Date: 2014   
Pages: 213-215
DOI: 10.2143/AC.69.2.3017308

Abstract :
Cardiac perforation is an infrequent but potentially life-threatening complication of pacemaker implantation. We report a case of right atrial lead perforation complicated by pneumopericardium shortly after pacemaker lead insertion. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed no evidence of pericardial effusion and pacemaker lead displacement, but a thoracic computed tomography scan illustrated the lead course and confirmed the diagnosis. This case suggests that computed tomography is a sensitive modality to confirm the diagnosis at the early stage of this complication.