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Electrocardiographic Findings Associated With Neurological Pathology and Other T-Wave Catastrophes

Electrocardiographic Findings Associated With Neurological Pathology and Other T-Wave Catastrophes An 87-year-old female patient presented with altered mental status. During the routine workup for altered mental status, an electrocardiogram (ECG) was obtained. The ECG showed T-wave morphology known to be consistent with myocardial infarction. Although the ECG is a crucial diagnostic tool to recognize myocardial ischemia and infarction promptly, it must be understood that T-wave abnormalities can represent noncardiac pathology. A case presentation illustrates a unique ECG change whose presence is associated with catastrophic central nervous system diseases that cause increased intracranial pressure. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal Wolters Kluwer Health

Electrocardiographic Findings Associated With Neurological Pathology and Other T-Wave Catastrophes

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Wolters Kluwer Health
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1931-4485
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1931-4493
DOI
10.1097/tme.0000000000000357
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Abstract

An 87-year-old female patient presented with altered mental status. During the routine workup for altered mental status, an electrocardiogram (ECG) was obtained. The ECG showed T-wave morphology known to be consistent with myocardial infarction. Although the ECG is a crucial diagnostic tool to recognize myocardial ischemia and infarction promptly, it must be understood that T-wave abnormalities can represent noncardiac pathology. A case presentation illustrates a unique ECG change whose presence is associated with catastrophic central nervous system diseases that cause increased intracranial pressure.

Journal

Advanced Emergency Nursing JournalWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jul 1, 2021

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