How Sweet is the pacemaker?

I Merinopoulos, S O'Toole, JN Porter, D Braganza, C Mistry, V Vassiliou, DA Enoch

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Pacemaker infections can be difficult to diagnose, especially when they present with non-specific symptoms and signs a long time after insertion of the device. Unidentified or partially treated low-grade chronic sepsis can result in multisystem disease processes with significant mortality and morbidity. Therefore, a high index of suspicion is required to identify the pacemaker as the source of sepsis and treat it effectively. This report describes a case of chronic pacemaker wire infection, which eventually presented with Sweet’s syndrome, a rare manifestation of infective endocarditis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-211
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • chronic sepsis
  • pacemaker lead endocarditis
  • Sweet’s syndrome

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