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Jason's Blog: ECG Challenge of the Week for Dec. 16th - 23rd.

Found this "gem" buried deep-down in the back of the vault and have wanted to share it for many months.  Due to the impressive QRS voltage and overlapping waveforms, I initially debated on whether or not I should post this at 1/2-standard but in the end I decided to retain its original size.  This ECG is from 27 years ago so I have very limited information, but this is what I do know.

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in a Four-Year-Old Girl

Mon, 12/19/2011 - 12:21 -- Dawn

WPW is one of the "pre-excitation" syndromes caused by an accessory pathway that bypasses the AV node. This pathway is called the Bundle of Kent. This ECG clearly demonstrates the "delta wave" caused by the atrial impulse traveling around the AV node and pre-exciting part of the ventricle. These delta waves are best seen in Leads I and V4 - V6. The delta wave in Lead II is a small notch. A short PR interval is also seen. The accessory pathway can, along with the normal pathway through the AV node, form a circle or circuit, making the heart vulnerable to re-entrant tachycardia.

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