ECG of the Week – 9th October 2017 – Interpretation

By | 11 oktober 2017

The following ECG is from a 64 yr old female who presents feeling generally unwell and weak. She has a history of pituitary lesion treated by surgical resection and radiotherapy.



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Rate:

  • 48 bpm

Rhythm:

  • Regular
  • Sinus rhythm

Axis:

  • Normal

Intervals:

  • PR – Normal (~160ms)
  • QRS – Normal (100ms)
  • QT – 480ms (QTc Bazette 430 ms)
    • Note the ECG machine calculated the QT 500ms / QTc 480ms
    • Likely due to low T wave voltage plus T-U fusion

Additional:

  • Subtle ST depression in leads II, aVF
  • U wave visible in leads V2-3
  • T waves globally flat
  • Relatively long ST segment

Interpretation:

  • Changes consistent with electrolyte abnormality – differentials: 
    • Hypokalaemia – U waves, T-U fusion with QT prolongation, ST depression, low voltage T waves
    • Hypomagnesaemia – associated with hypokalaemia
    • Hypocalcaemia – causes long QT due to ST segment lengthening


What happened ?

The patient’s K was 2.7 mmol/L with a low-normal magnesium and low-normal calcium. Following IV electrolyte replacement the patients ECG changes resolved and her symptoms of weakness also resolved. 

Post pituitary surgery and/or radiotherapy complications

Surgical complications

  • GA complications
  • CSF leak
  • CNS infection
  • Post resection pituitary apoplexy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Epistaxis
  • Olfactory sensory loss

Radiotherapy complications

  • Radiation toxicity – hypothalmic & chiasmal necrosis
  • Dermal changes

Endocrine complications

  • Central Diabetes Insipidus
  • SIADH
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gonadotropin deficiency


References / Further Reading

Life in the Fast Lane

Textbook

  • Chan TC, Brady WJ, Harrigan RA, Ornato JP, Rosen P. ECG in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care. Elsevier Mosby 2005.

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ECG of the Week – 9th October 2017 – Interpretation

By | 11 oktober 2017

The following ECG is from a 64 yr old female who presents feeling generally unwell and weak. She has a history of pituitary lesion treated by surgical resection and radiotherapy.



Click to enlarge

Rate:

  • 48 bpm

Rhythm:

  • Regular
  • Sinus rhythm

Axis:

  • Normal

Intervals:

  • PR – Normal (~160ms)
  • QRS – Normal (100ms)
  • QT – 480ms (QTc Bazette 430 ms)
    • Note the ECG machine calculated the QT 500ms / QTc 480ms
    • Likely due to low T wave voltage plus T-U fusion

Additional:

  • Subtle ST depression in leads II, aVF
  • U wave visible in leads V2-3
  • T waves globally flat
  • Relatively long ST segment

Interpretation:

  • Changes consistent with electrolyte abnormality – differentials: 
    • Hypokalaemia – U waves, T-U fusion with QT prolongation, ST depression, low voltage T waves
    • Hypomagnesaemia – associated with hypokalaemia
    • Hypocalcaemia – causes long QT due to ST segment lengthening


What happened ?

The patient’s K was 2.7 mmol/L with a low-normal magnesium and low-normal calcium. Following IV electrolyte replacement the patients ECG changes resolved and her symptoms of weakness also resolved. 

Post pituitary surgery and/or radiotherapy complications

Surgical complications

  • GA complications
  • CSF leak
  • CNS infection
  • Post resection pituitary apoplexy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Epistaxis
  • Olfactory sensory loss

Radiotherapy complications

  • Radiation toxicity – hypothalmic & chiasmal necrosis
  • Dermal changes

Endocrine complications

  • Central Diabetes Insipidus
  • SIADH
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gonadotropin deficiency


References / Further Reading

Life in the Fast Lane

Textbook

  • Chan TC, Brady WJ, Harrigan RA, Ornato JP, Rosen P. ECG in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care. Elsevier Mosby 2005.

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