Wednesday, 20 February 2019

ECG of the Week - 18th February 2019 - Interpretation

The following ECG is from a 65yr old male who presented following a large dothiepin overdose.

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  • 90 bpm
  • Regular
  • Sinus rhythm 

  • Normal

  • PR - Normal (~200ms)
  • QRS - Prolonged (~140ms)
  • QT - 400ms (QTc Bazette 490 ms)
  • Terminal R wave in lead aVR ~4mm
  • T wave inversion lead III
  • Variable P wave morphology - ? secondary artefact vs conduction abnormality
  • Baseline artefact in rhythm strip
  • RBBB Morphology

  • ECG features consistent with TCA overdose and sodium channel toxicity
  • QRS Prolongation
  • Terminal R wave in lead aVR
  • RBBB Morphology

What happened ?

The patient underwent the following treatment:
  • IV Sodium bicarbonate
  • RSI
  • Post intubation hyperventilation
  • NGT and charcoal
  • Serial cardiac monitoring
  • Exclusion of other co-ingestions
  • Admitted to ICU for ongoing care
ECG Features and Management of TCA Toxicity
Check out the following posts from Life in the Fast Lane for more information:

References / Further Reading

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

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