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  • ICD infection

    I was just wondering if anyone has ever gotten an infection from their ICD. They think my mother might have an infection around her ICD, but she had it implanted almost three years ago.

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    Bryan, as with any surgical procedure there is always the possibility of getting an infection when implanting the ICD. I don't know of anyone getting an infection around it after several years, though. Anyone??

    Reenie

    PS, I hope she feels better soon.
    Reenie

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    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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    • #3
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      Bryan, It is possible. The ICD is a "foreign body" to the human body and must be watched carefully. Three yrs is a long time after, but certainly a possiblity. I'm glad they seem to be checking that out without delay, nip it in the bud. Best wishes and keep us posted. Hopefully, you will find it was not a big problem. Linda

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      • #4
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        Well I just got home from the hospital. My mom had her WHOLE ICD removed, leads and all. She got an infection, still unknown that the bacteria collected underneath the device. If everything stays the same she should be home on Friday.

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        • #5
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          Wow, Bryan! I'm sorry that she's had to go through all of that! I sure hope that she starts feeling better now that the site of the infection is cleaned.

          Reenie
          Reenie

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          Husband has HCM.
          3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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          • #6
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            Bryan, I have been told anytime you have an infection there is always a chance for it to seed it self around the ICD as it is a foreign body. Thus the reason for all of us ICDer's to watch for any signs of infection and to nip it in the bud. I hope your mother is doing well.
            Midge

            Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
            ICD&Pacemaker 1996
            Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
            Mom of Kaye.

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            • #7
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              Will she be getting a new ICD, when the infection heals?

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              • #8
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                This is the 2nd device I have heard of in a week that had this happen, the other one was a childs device.
                We all face risks from these devices...and we face risks from our bodies (HCM). The good news is infections can be treated. I hope your mother feels better very soon. Send her our best!

                Lisa
                Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                Currently not obstructed
                Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                • #9
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                  Bryan Or Lisa,

                  What type of symptoms did they have ?
                  I have had pain around the sides of my device and stinging. With a little pain down my left arm. When i had blood tests last month it showed i had a very high white count and it was assumed i had a sinus infection. Should i push for another blood draw since i was put on antibiotics.


                  Laura
                  Laura Johnson

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                  • #10
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                    Laura,
                    My moms symptoms were pain around the device, a temp. of 103, and diarehea(?). When she got blood work they said her white blood cell count was high, but she was also showing immature white blood cells. I would like to thank you all for the support.

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                    • #11
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                      Bryan
                      Thank you for answering.
                      I hope your Mom is feeling well.

                      Laura
                      Laura Johnson

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                      • #12
                        Re: ICD infection

                        Laura,
                        I would speak to your doctors if you are having any pain around your ICD.
                        Bryan....How is Mom? Please send her our best wishes...and a hug!

                        Lisa
                        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                        Currently not obstructed
                        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                        • #13
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                          Lisa,
                          Moms doing ok. She should be home on Thurs. Thanks to all for the help and support. I appreciate it!!!

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                          • #14
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                            Thank you Lisa,

                            Bryan, Please give your Mom my best wishes, I will
                            keep her in my prayers.
                            You Get a Gold Star for being a great Son....*
                            Well i tried to find a little gold star ,but this is as close as i could find

                            Laura
                            Laura Johnson

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