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Clinical Presentation and Analysis of Risk Factors for Infectious Complications of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Implantations at a University Medical Center

Sarah A. Spinler, James J. Nawarskas, Edward F. Foote, Durai Sabapathi, John E. Connors and Francis E. Marchlinski

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 26, issue 5, pages 1111-1116
Published in print May 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/520299
Clinical Presentation and Analysis of Risk Factors for Infectious Complications of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Implantations at a University Medical Center

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The objective of this report is to describe the characteristics of patients who develop infections associated with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) implanted with sternotomy and thoracotomy approaches. A retrospective chart review identified all patients who underwent ICD implantation at a university medical center from November 1982 through February 1990. Several patient and procedural variables were compared between infected patients and noninfected patients. One hundred fifty-seven patients underwent 202 ICD generator implantations (45 generator changes), and nine of these patients developed infection (4.5% per implantation and 5.7% per patient). Of the patient variables analyzed, a significant correlation (P < .0001) was made only with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus: 36% of diabetics versus 3.9% of nondiabetics were infected. The only patientor procedure-specific variable that was found to correlate with the development of infection was the presence of diabetes mellitus.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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