TITLE

PROMINENT AURICULAR T WAVES (Ta) AS AN IMPORTANT GUIDE TO THE DIAGNOSIS OF ALKALOSIS

AUTHOR(S)
Bernreiter, Michael
PUB. DATE
March 1967
SOURCE
Angiology;Mar1967, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p191
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The cases here reported show typical auricular T wave changes in the electrocardiogram. All were in a state of alkalosis with a pH of 7.46 or higher. The importance of this characteristic electrocardiographic finding is that it immediately directs attention to the acid-base disturbance and proper therapy. In our experience these electrocardiographic changes are more important and more characteristic than the T-P phenomenon described by other authors, because the T-P phenomenon can also occur in simple sinus tachycardia without alkalosis, which is not the case in the Ta phenomenon. On the basis of our results we would suggest that all cases with the Ta phenomenon be investigated as to the possibility of respiratory and metabolic alkalosis. It is interesting that more than 50% of our patients with this syndrome were alcoholics.
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16437454

 

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