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Automatic Internal Cardioverter-Defibrillator Patch Erosion Into the Upper Airway Presenting as a Cavitary Lesion FREE TO VIEW

Scott D. Lick; Vincent R. Conti
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From the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 1997;112(4):1144-1146. doi:10.1378/chest.112.4.1144
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Erosion of an automatic internal cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) patch into the lingular bronchus occurred 4 years after implantation; the erosion presented as a cavitary mass associated with hemoptysis and weight loss. On bronchoscopy to evaluate for suspected carcinoma, a cavity was entered through a bronchial defect and the AICD patch clearly identified. The complication was successfully treated with patch removal and fistula closure.




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