Intermuscular S-ICD Implantation in Pediatric Patients
20 February 2019
07 August 2019
20 October 2019 (online)
The use of conventional implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in children presents important technical challenges. We present the surgical technique necessary to adapt the subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD) implantation designed for adults, to children, including patients weighing less than 20 kg. The implant procedure implies a two-incision technique and interfascial serratus anterior–latissimus dorsi dissection to accommodate the device. S-ICD implantation was successfully performed in three patients of 19, 28, and 24 kg, respectively, two of them suffered cardiorespiratory arrest. Intermuscular thoracic implantation of S-ICD might represent an effective strategy for primary or secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in pediatric patients.
* Both authors contributed equally to this work.
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