Country cardiograms case 23: Answer

October 2003
Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine (Joule Inc.);Fall2003, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p278
Academic Journal
The article presents an interpretation of an electrocardiography of a man who was admitted to a rural British Columbia hospital. The electrocardiography was presented in a previous article of the periodical. The interpretation is highly suggestive of acute pericarditis. Acute pericarditis is one of the few disease entities that can be diagnosed with relative confidence from the electrocardiography. The first feature that usually prompts consideration of acute pericarditis is the widespread nature of the S-T elevation. The absence of reciprocal S-T depression is another powerful finding, as significant reciprocal changes are highly suggestive of myocardial injury.


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