[Isotop cardiac pacemaker during pregnancy. 3 cases].Nouv Presse Med. 1976 Dec 25; 5(4):2997-3000.NP
The authors report three cases of full term pregnancies, without complications, in women with isotopic pacemakers. The newborn infants were normal. In one case, pregnancy occurred in a patient who already had a pacemaker. In two cases, the pacemaker was inserted during pregnancy (at 1 and 1/2 and 5 months respectively), in the treatment of syncopal attacks due to paroxysmal atrioventricular block. This type of pacemaker using a radioactive source (Plutonium 238) is, by virtue of the low degree of radiation, harmless and may be used in women of childbearing age. Under the least favourable conditions (pacemaker box in abdominal situation), the dose delivered during pregnancy (57 mrem) is approximately 20 times less than the authorised dose (1125 mrem).