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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aditya Ganti M.B.B.S. [2]

Overview

An ECG may be helpful in the diagnosis of Addison's disease. ECG findings in Addison's disease is due to hyperkalemia which include peak T waves and widened QRS complex.

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ECG changes in Addison's disease are primarily due to hyperkalemia caused by aldosterone hormone deficiency.[1][2]

References

  1. Wrenn, KD; Slovis, CM; Slovis, BS (1991). "The ability of physicians to predict hyperkalemia from the ECG". Annals of Emergency Medicine. 20 (11): 1229–32. doi:10.1016/S0196-0644(05)81476-3. PMID 1952310.
  2. Aslam, S; Friedman, EA; Ifudu, O (2002). "Electrocardiography is unreliable in detecting potentially lethal hyperkalaemia in haemodialysis patients". Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association. 17 (9): 1639–42. doi:10.1093/ndt/17.9.1639. PMID 12198216.



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