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Ischemic changes in electrocardiography (ECG) after attempted suicide by hanging (transient left ventricular apical ballooning)

Authors:

Mithun Kaushika Namal Rathnayaka ,

LK
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Medical Officer,

Anaesthesia / ICU, Provincial General Hospital,
Ratnapura

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Chaminda Pathiraja,

LK
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Consultant Anaesthetist, Provincial General Hospital,
Ratnapura
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Anusha Nishanthi Ranathunga

LK
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Medical Officer,

Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU), Provincial General Hospital,
Ratnapura

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Abstract

A 19 year old girl presented with extensive T inversions on ECG after attempted suicide by hanging. Her past medical history was normal. 2D-echo findings and troponin I were negative. These ECG changes were present over a 9 weeks duration without any clinical features and got completely cured. This is called Apical Ballooning Syndrome (ABS) which mimicks acute coronary syndrome.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/slja.v23i1.7718

Keywords: hangingECG changes 
How to Cite: Rathnayaka, M.K.N., Pathiraja, C. & Ranathunga, A.N., (2015). Ischemic changes in electrocardiography (ECG) after attempted suicide by hanging (transient left ventricular apical ballooning). Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology. 23(1), pp.39–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/slja.v23i1.7718
Published on 20 Jan 2015.
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