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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 338-340  

Hyperkalemia induced pseudo-myocardial infarction in septic shock

SE Pothiawala 
 Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

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Dr. S E Pothiawala
Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital
Singapore

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.


How to cite this article:
Pothiawala S E. Hyperkalemia induced pseudo-myocardial infarction in septic shock.J Postgrad Med 2014;60:338-340


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Pothiawala S E. Hyperkalemia induced pseudo-myocardial infarction in septic shock. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Mar 3 ];60:338-340
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