Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-202090
  • Images in emergency medicine

Traumatic pacemaker lead fracture

  1. Róbert G Kiss
  1. Department of Cardiology, Military Hospital, Budapest, Hungary
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam Bo''hm, Department of Cardiology, Military Hospital, Róbert Károly krt 44, Budapest 1133, Hungary; abohm{at}
  • Received 1 November 2012
  • Revised 1 November 2012
  • Accepted 5 November 2012
  • Published Online First 8 December 2012

Pacemaker lead fracture caused by blunt trauma is extremely rare. Only a few cases have been reported and the lead fracture was only partial in those cases.1 ,2 We present a case with a complete tear of the lead.

A 64-year-old man with carotid sinus syncope had a VVI pacemaker (Biotronik Pikos 01) implanted. The lead was inserted through …