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November 5, 1955

TREATMENT OF A CASE OF STOKES-ADAMS DISEASE BY EXTERNAL ELECTRIC STIMULATION

Author Affiliations

Albany, N. Y.

JAMA. 1955;159(10):1015-1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270035009a
Abstract

The treatment of Stokes-Adams disease has recently been implemented by the availability of an external electric stimulator known as the Cardiac Pacemaker developed largely through the efforts of Dr. Paul M. Zoll. The nature of this apparatus and the details of its operation have been reported elsewhere. The number of cases treated by this method is still small. To our knowledge the following case is the first one outside of the Boston area treated with the type of machine developed by Dr. Zoll. Problems encountered in the application of this method are described. Autopsy findings of interest are included because of the suggestion of irritation of the pericardium by the stimulator.

REPORT OF A CASE

A 64-year-old man was admitted to the cardiovascular section of the Albany Veterans Administration Hospital for the first time on Feb. 11, 1954, because of swelling of the ankles and progressive shortness of breath of

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