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Suicide Attempt by Complete Self-Removal of a 12-Year-Old Permanent Pacemaker System: Case Report

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Suicide Attempt by Complete Self-Removal of a 12-Year-Old Permanent Pacemaker System

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.

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