Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care - Volume 1, issue 2
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Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care is an English multidisciplinary peer-reviewed international journal publishing articles in the field of pediatric intensive care.
Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care is written for the entire intensive care team: pediatric intensivist, pediatricians, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, nurses, and others who deal with pediatric patients who are followed in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.
Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care provides an in-depth update on new subjects, and current comprehensive coverage of the latest techniques in intensive care in childhood.
Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care encourages submissions from all authors throughout the world.
The following articles will be considered for publication: editorials, original and review articles, short report, rapid communications, letters to the editor, and book reviews. The aim of the journal is to share and disseminate knowledge between all disciplines that work in the field of pediatric intensive care.
Abstract: External pacemakers (PM) via temporary epicardial leads are routinely applied to infants and children during heart surgery, which usually, after an uneventful post surgical course, can be removed without complications. We report about two infants with complex congenital heart defects after cardiac surgery (arterial switch and Mustard operation for Transposition of the great arteries). Intraoperative these patients received temporary epicardial PM wires. Thirteen and 18 days post surgery, respectively, the PM wires were removed under electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring. The patients showed acute ECG changes in terms of significant ST elevation during and after removing their pacing wires. Clinically, patients were…stable and subsequent echocardiographic examination showed no evidence of myocardial dysfunction or pericardial effusion. In the course of time, patients showed no signs of arrhythmia or abnormal ECG changes. The decision to place temporary pacing wires during the cardiac surgery in patients with congenital heart defects should be considered carefully and their removal should occur under ECG monitoring as soon as the situation of the patient allows. It should be taken into consideration that a complication like this case may be related to delayed removal of temporary PM's leads.
Keywords: Congenital heart disease, pacemaker, vascular tone and reactivity, arrhythmia