Combined vascular and neurologic injury after cephalic vein cutdown approach for ICD implantation

Jack Xu, Peyton Davis Card, Evan Watts, Guillermo A. Escobar, Gareth Tobler, Hakan Paydak


In this article we discuss two cases that highlight possible complications of cardiac device implantation. In particular, our first case involves a patient who, during implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation, sustained injuries to her subclavian artery and vein and subsequently developed a self-resolving neuropraxia of the brachial plexus. In our second case, the patient, also during ICD implantation, had his left cephalic vein nicked during cutdown. Post-op he then developed a hematoma-induced left brachial plexus injury that also eventually self-resolved. A literature search has not shown other incidences of iatrogenic brachial plexus injuries from ICD implantation as described.

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Case Reports in Internal Medicine

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