Transient left bundle branch block: An unusual electrocardiogram in acute pulmonary embolism

Rahil Kasmani, Kelechi Okoli, Geetali Mohan, Kevin Casey, David Ledrick

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Abstract

Pulmonary embolism may result in permanent or transient electrocardiographic abnormalities. New onset left bundle branch block (LBBB) is usually associated with myocardial ischemia. However, nonischemic mechanisms are also known to account for some cases of LBBB. Tachycardia, a common finding in pulmonary embolism, is one such mechanism. This is illustrated by our case, and possible mechanisms for tachycardia-dependent LBBB are discussed. It is important to recognize and interpret the conditions that precipitate it, thereby avoiding inappropriate interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-382
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume337
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Left bundle branch block
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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