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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 146062, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/146062
Case Report

Inappropriate Asystole Detection in Early Postoperative Phase after Loop Recorder Implantation

Cardiology Division, Azienda Ospedaliera Maggiore della Carità, 28100 Novara, Italy

Received 18 February 2011; Accepted 8 April 2011

Academic Editor: J. S. Steinberg

Copyright © 2011 Miriam Bortnik et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The implantable loop recorder is a useful diagnostic tool for patients with unexplained syncope. The capability to automatically detect and store arrhythmic events, implemented in the last generations of these devices, can further improve the diagnostic yield, but this feature can be compromised by inappropriate detection of false arrhythmias. We herein report the case of a patient in which several inappropriate activations of long-lasting asystole occurred in the two days following the implant, probably because of an intermittently loose contact between the device and subcutaneous tissue for a small pocket haematoma.