"Serpentine heart". Direct observation of the human heart during profound hyperkalemia

Mark W. Burket*, Jean A. Wright, Jonathan Ho, Zhan Yue, Clifford F. Hughes

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Abstract

We observed cardiac contractility in a patient who had inadvertently received a massive overdose of potassium chloride during open heart surgery. Slowly advancing waves of contraction were present while the surface electrocardiogram showed the sine wave configuration typical of severe hyperkalemia. This is the first report of such an observation and may serve to promote proper diagnosis and treatment of similar cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-110
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hyperkalemia
  • Myocardial contractility

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