Low ECG voltage

Background

General Causes

  • Fluid, fat or air attenuating signal
  • Myocardial infiltration
  • Loss of viable myocardium

Clinical Features

  • Frequently asymptomatic, depends on underlying cause

Differential Diagnosis

Cardiac

Pericardial

Extracardiac

Evaluation

  • ECG[1]
    • QRS < 5 mm in limb leads
    • QRS < 10 mm in chest leads

Management

  • Treat underlying condition

Disposition

  • Depends on underlying condition

See Also

  • ECG Basics

References

  1. Madias JE. Low QRS voltage and its causes. J Electrocardiol. 2008;41(6):498–500. doi:10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2008.06.021
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