Osborn waves (J-waves) of hypothermia

Here is the conclusion to 68 year old female unresponsive on kitchen floor.

Let’s take another look at the 12-lead ECG.

This ECG is classic for severe hypothermia.

  • The rhythm is atrial fibrillation
  • It’s bradycardic
  • The QT/QTc is prolonged
  • Osborn waves (J-waves) are present throughout

You can see how the Osborn waves (J-waves) can be a STEMI mimic, which is one of the reasons we need clinical correlation with any ECG.

The patient was transported to the hospital where the core temperature was measured at 76F (24C).

The patient went into cardiac arrest and was defibrillated x3.

CPR was continued for the next 2 hours as the patient was re-warmed.

Remember, in this particular special resuscitation situation “you’re not dead until you’re warm and dead.”

The patient was not successfully resuscitated.

To see how Osborn waves can regress during rewarming, see Giant Osborn Waves in Hypothermia (Images in Clinical Medicine Case in the New England Journal of Medicine).

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Ivan Rios
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Thanks for writing Tyler. They are the same thing. Strain pattern is just the result of increased pressures against the ventricles which alters the way repolarization occurs from epicardium to endocardium. Similar to stepping on a puddle of water. Your show spreads the water away from the area of pressure. The ST segment is slightly…
2014-12-17 18:44:24
Tyler
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Can you explain how these ST segment and T wave changes can be differentiated from right strain pattern?
2014-12-17 18:18:25
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