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S Lahri


The electrocardiographic changes of hypothermia are discussed in this case of a man who was brought to an emergency centre with altered mental status. The main ECG signs are a shivering artefact baseline, J waves, and PR-, QRS- and QT-interval prolongation.

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S Lahri, Khayelitsha Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Emergency medicine; Hypothermia; ECG; Electrocardiographic changes

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South African Medical Journal 2018;108(1):22. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v108i1.12795

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Date submitted: 2017-12-13
Date published: 2017-12-13

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