May 25, 2017

Ectopic Atrial Rhythm in Dextrocardia

No clinical hx. What is your interpretation?

Image Case (Digitized using PMCardio App)

This is a regular narrow QRS complex rhythm with inverted P waves in I, inferior leads, V2-V6 and upright in aVR with PRI of around 0.16 seconds. There is low QRS voltage in V4-V6. The leads are in the correct location. This is dextrocardia (Image 2) with ectopic atrial rhythm. P waves that are in the superior direction (ectopic atrial pacemaker) can be seen in patients with polysplenia syndrome (noted on this patient).

Image 2 - Chest x-ray


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Surawicz B and Knilans TK. 2008. Chou’s Electrocardiography in Clinical Practice. 6th ed. PA. Saunders-Elseiver


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