Incision still bleeding

Hi, my mom had a pm in Sept.06 then in Dec. 06 she had to have it removed due to leads misplaced and major infection. A week later she had another pm put in on her right side and now here it is April.07 and she is still having blood coming from the new site. I'm wondering if it is possible that her body is rejecting the pm or if there is some major infection going on inside.


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bleeding

by Surferman - 2007-04-23 11:04:04

Hi, patchesmom. Sorry to hear that your Mom has been having such a difficult time with her implants. I suspect that maybe there is some inflection. Some people heal faster than others depending on their overall health. I heard of one pacer being told by his EP expressing amazement (the day following implant surgery) at how quickly he was healing. If a person is healing slowing it would seem to me that there would exist a higher chance of inflection. Most of us had to take 10 days of antibiotics following surgery to prevent any infection. . My EP started mine as soon as I was in the pre-op room. I would be very vigilant about that bleeding and get to the Dr, Hope all turns out well and I know pacer will be praying for her.

Still Bleeding

by SMITTY - 2007-04-24 12:04:38

I’m reluctant to mention this but six months is a long time to still have bleeding so here goes anyway.

I’m sure you know the leads from the pacemaker go into a blood vessel and on to the heart. Normally a blood vessel will close up quickly (think of when we have blood drawn for tests) but if it were mine I would want someone to check the entry point of the lead into the blood vessel to be sure that is not the source of a leak. Also, if you mom is taking any blood thinners that could contribute to continued bleeding,

Frankly, I’ve never heard of such problem, but I learn something new every day.

I wish your mom the best.

Smitty

still bleeding

by patchesmom - 2007-04-25 05:04:34

Hi my mom finally got admitted into hospital and is on IV meds gentamycin and vancomycin, hopefully this will clear up an obvious infection.

Bleeding

by patchesmom - 2007-04-30 12:04:23

Hi, just an update, my mom continues to receive IV therapy and we are still keeping our fingers crossed that the medication will do the trick.

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