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Hyperkalemia induced pseudo-myocardial infarction in septic shock.
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PMID:  25121383     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Hyperkalemia is an acute life-threatening disorder presenting to the emergency department. Patients with hyperkalemia may manifest characteristic electrocardiographic changes including tented T waves, widening of the QRS complex and loss of P waves, sine wave pattern and eventually asystole. There have been only few reports of hyperkalemia causing ST segment elevation on electrocardiogram simulating an acute myocardial infarction. This case describes pseudo-myocardial infarction due to hyperkalemia and septic shock. Rapid determination of serum potassium levels by bedside blood gas analyzers serves to be a useful guide. ST segment elevation related to hyperkalemia will resolve with successful reduction of the serum potassium levels by appropriate therapy. It is important for physicians to be aware of this condition as this will aid in initiating correct therapy and prevent the patient from unnecessary interventions and the associated risk of complications.
S E Pothiawala
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of postgraduate medicine     Volume:  60     ISSN:  0022-3859     ISO Abbreviation:  J Postgrad Med     Publication Date:    2014 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-08-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985196R     Medline TA:  J Postgrad Med     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  338-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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