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*Constrictive [[pericarditis]]
 
*Constrictive [[pericarditis]]
 
*Pneumopericardium
 
*Pneumopericardium
  
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*[[COPD]] (limb leads)
 
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*[[Pneumomediastinum]]
 
*[[Pneumomediastinum]]

Revision as of 03:54, 6 July 2016

Background

General Causes

  • Fluid, fat or air attenuating signal
  • Myocardial infiltration
  • Loss of viable myocardium

Clinical Features

  • Frequently asymptomatic, depends on underlying cause

Differential Diagnosis

Specific causes of low voltage ECG

Low ECG voltage

Cardiac

Pericardial

Extracardiac

Diagnosis

Sample ECG
  • ECG[1]
    • QRS < 5 mm in limb leads
    • QRS < 10 mm in chest leads

Management

  • Treat underlying condition

Disposition

  • Depends on underlying condition

See Also

External Links

References

  1. Madias JE. Low QRS voltage and its causes. J Electrocardiol. 2008;41(6):498–500. doi:10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2008.06.021