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Pacemaker Lead Extraction Using Excimer Laser
An alternative, and potentially easier and less traumatic, method of removing pacemaker leads is by the use of an excimer laser. The device, enclosed within a tube (sheath), uses relatively cool laser energy to vaporize the scar tissue surrounding a pacemaker lead, thereby freeing the lead. The PLEXES (pacing lead extraction with the excimer sheath) trial is a study conducted to evaluate the safety and efficiency of pacemaker lead extraction with an excimer laser.
Related term: Pacemaker Lead Extraction
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