Retroaortic abscess: An unusual complication of a retained epicardial pacing wire

Deane E. Smith, Abelardo DeAnda, Christopher W. Towe, Leora B. Balsam

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Infectious complications related to retained temporary epicardial pacing wires are rare. We report a case of a focal retroaortic abscess in association with retained pacing wires that became manifest 3 years after surgery for tricuspid valve endocarditis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-223
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Complication
  • Epicardial pacing wire
  • Infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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