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Whether Pacemakers cause tumors?
efficientenergy posted:
I had a Pacemaker put in 7 years ago,shortly after that about maybe a year later I had a small pea shape place come .Now 7 years later it is about the size and shape of a small egg.I did not tell my heart doctor until about three months ago.He said he would take it off when he put another battery.He has put another battery in and he did not take the tumor off.He said for me to come back in two months that he would continue keeping an eye on it.My doctor had two blood test run the day before i had my battery put in but i do not know what they were for.He said they turn out ok.My question is Has anyone else had a tumor come in the same place and doyou think the pacemaker generator caused it or the magnet? My heart doctor said it was caused by an arc from my pacemaker.Allso what do i do next?
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Thanks for posting!

It's unclear from your post whether you have a tumor or whether there might be another cause for this lump - a hematoma, a cyst, or even an infection. In my experience, I have never seen a tumor develop as a result of a pacemaker. It is probably a very unlikely coincidence, or perhaps there is another cause that you should explore further with your doctor. Imaging of the lump or even a biopsy may be appropriate.
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grandpalynn replied to Gloryrealm's response:
I am on my third pacemaker and have had no problems with tumors. My brother is on his 6th one and no problems like you described. I suggest that you go to your primary care physician and show it to him/her. It may not be anything but could possibly be something of significance. I had a lump on my right breast when I was 20 and ignored it. It grew and was cancerous. I am a male so I always am suspicious of anything that resembles a tumor.
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