Implantation of a permanent cardiac pacemaker is becoming common with the increase in the elderly population. A cutaneous ulcer over the pacemaker is a rare complication. Most such cases previously reported demonstrate non-specific granuloma histologically, negative patch testing of materials used in the device, and no growth in the bacterial culture taken from the generator pocket. To date, the conventional treatments often result in a disappointing outcome. We describe an extremely thin 79-year-old Japanese male with a pressure cutaneous ulcer caused by the presence of a pacemaker device. This patient was referred to us with a 1-month history of repeated cutaneous ulcer and exposure of the cardiac pacemaker in the left pectoral area. Conservative treatment was not effective. Treatment with left subcostal implantation of a new pacemaker, which was not wrapped, and disposition of the electrodes in the subcutaneous tissue of the thorax was successful. Cutaneous manifestations have not recurred for 5 years. Considering the poor condition of the patient, subcostal translocation of the pacemaker was a simple and acceptable treatment for pressure cutaneous ulcer over the pacemaker.
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