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Suicide attempt by complete self-removal of a 12-year-old permanent pacemaker system: case report

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INTRODUCTION: Psychological adaption after pacemaker implantation can be challenging in patients with psychiatric disease. Suicide by self-removal of a permanent pacemaker system is a rare phenomenon described in a few cases in patients with psychiatric disorders.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We describe a case of attempted suicide by complete self-removal of a 12-year-old permanent pacemaker system in a 70-year-old male patient with a bipolar disorder and a history of previous suicide attempts.

CONCLUSIONS: Suicide attempt by self-removal of a permanent pacemaker system is very rare. In patients with a history of psychiatric disease and previous suicide attempts, careful information about the function of a pacemaker should be given.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Volume25
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)99-100
Number of pages2
ISSN1045-3873
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

    Research areas

  • Aged, Bipolar Disorder/complications, Device Removal/adverse effects, Hemorrhage/diagnosis, Humans, Male, Pacemaker, Artificial, Suicide, Attempted/psychology, Time Factors

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