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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 91-95

Cardiac rhythm, St-t wave-forms, and common electrocardiographic variants among healthy Nigerian children

Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Ibrahim Aliyu
Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-449x.190731

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Background: The cardiac rhythm depends on the source and mode of spread of the generated impulse. ST-T segment represents the repolarization phase of the action potential. Racial variability has been established in the morphology of the ST segment among the adult population and four waveforms has been described among Nigerian adults which are different from that of Caucasian adults; therefore, there may be differences among the pediatric population. Materials and Methods: This study was a further review of the electrocardiograph (ECG) of 650 apparently healthy primary school children aged 5-15 years, in Kano metropolis. Twelve-lead ECG was recorded, and interpretation was manually done. The subjects were categorized into three age groups namely 5-7, 8-11, and 12-15 years, respectively. The ST segment morphology was classified using Araoye's criteria. Results: Early repolarization changes were recorded in the 12-15 years age-group. The presence of ECG variants such as T-wave inversion in precordial leads V 1 -V 3 was reported and left axis deviation was documented in 0.4% of the 5-7 years age-group. Type I morphology was common in leads I, II, aVF, V 5 , V 6 . Type II morphology was common in leads I, II, V 4 R, V 5 , V 6 , while Type III morphology was common in leads V 4 R, V 5 , V 6 but Type IV morphology was seen mostly in V 1 . Conclusion: ST-segment elevation in the right precordial leads is a common finding in the pediatric ECG among Nigerian children; furthermore, T-wave inversion is also common in the right precordial leads and may extend way beyond precordial lead V 2 unlike in Caucasians.

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