Right-sided infective endocarditis as a potentially fatal complication in patients with long-term refractory severe bradyarrhythmia after cervical spinal cord injury: A case report

Naoki Miura, Hideaki Suzuki, Shota Maesawa, Tomoaki Koakutsu, Yasuharu Matsumoto, Koji Fukuda, Yutaka Kagaya, Shigeki Kushimoto, Hiroaki Shimokawa

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Abstract

Bradyarrhythmia is usually a spontaneously subsiding complication of cervical spinal cord injury. However, in severe cases, it can lead to cardiac arrest. We report a case of cervical spinal cord injury, complicated by right-sided infective endocarditis after the placement of a temporary pacing catheter in the right ventricle for severe bradyarrhythmia that led to cardiac arrest. Although the patient's condition was successfully treated by pacing catheter removal and pharmacological therapy, right-sided infective endocarditis would be a fatal complication in cases of cervical spinal cord injury where cardiac pacing is required for long-term refractory severe bradyarrhythmia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-234
Number of pages3
Journaljournal of arrhythmia
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Bradyarrhythmia
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiac pacing
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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