Sathappan Karuppiah, Richard Prielipp, Ratan K Banik
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
MICRA, miniaturized leadless single chamber pacemaker, is inserted directly into the right ventricular myocardium via transcatheter approach. We present a case of a 66-year-old patient with a Micra pacemaker scheduled for kidney-pancreas transplant. The patient is pacemaker dependent. The preoperative cardiology consult did not comment on the need of reprogramming. One hour prior to the surgery, the anesthesia team was unable to locate the pacemaker on the chest wall. The Medtronic hotline was called, and the caregivers learned that the particular pacemaker is buried within the ventricular wall and is not responsive to an external magnet. Thus, the case was delayed and a cardiac electrophysiology team was contacted to reprogram the pacemaker to VOO (fixed ventricular pacing) mode. We suggest that the pacemaker can pose perioperative challenges due to its novelty, paucity of report, and guidelines.
Ratan K Banik
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, B515 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street S.E., MMC 294, Minneapolis - 55455, MN
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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