The hot can: ICD failure presenting as severe shoulder pain

Jose A. Joglar, Robert C. Kowal, Timothy Brown, Brenda Van Horn, Richard L. Page

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Abstract

We describe a patient whose presentation of ICD generator failure was excruciating shoulder pain lasting 3 hours. This painful episode prompted evaluation and subsequent generator replacement. Destructive analysis of the explanted device revealed a short circuit of three battery filter capacitors, which resulted in the battery "dumping" its full energy very rapidly, since the impedance across the battery terminal was < 1 ohm. The duration of the painful episode was equal to the estimated ICD battery life under this low impedance condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-397
Number of pages2
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume24
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

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Keywords

  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • Pain
  • Short circuit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Joglar, J. A., Kowal, R. C., Brown, T., Van Horn, B., & Page, R. L. (2001). The hot can: ICD failure presenting as severe shoulder pain. PACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 24(3), 396-397.

The hot can : ICD failure presenting as severe shoulder pain. / Joglar, Jose A.; Kowal, Robert C.; Brown, Timothy; Van Horn, Brenda; Page, Richard L.

In: PACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2001, p. 396-397.

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Joglar, JA, Kowal, RC, Brown, T, Van Horn, B & Page, RL 2001, 'The hot can: ICD failure presenting as severe shoulder pain', PACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 396-397.
Joglar, Jose A. ; Kowal, Robert C. ; Brown, Timothy ; Van Horn, Brenda ; Page, Richard L. / The hot can : ICD failure presenting as severe shoulder pain. In: PACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2001 ; Vol. 24, No. 3. pp. 396-397.
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