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Injury to a saphenous vein graft during removal of a temporary epicardial pacing wire electrode.
  1. C Price,
  2. D J Keenan
  1. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary.


    Removal of a temporary atrial epicardial pacemaker electrode damaged a saphenous vein graft. A new blood clot was removed from the damaged graft. The hole was successfully repaired with a polypropylene suture. Pacing wires should be carefully sited and should be removed only when facilities for urgent operation are available.

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