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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2021, 9(4), 249-252
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-9-4-11
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New Onset, Irreversible, Prolonged QT-Interval Requiring Permanent Biventricular Pacemaker in a COVID-19 Patient

Ahmad Jallad1, Andrew V. Doodnauth2, Justin Lee1, Emmanuel Valery2, Stephanie Myers2, Dahlia Rizk3 and Samy I. McFarlane2,

1Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Electrophysiology Section, State University of New York: Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, United States- 11203

2Department of Internal Medicine, State University of New York: Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, United States- 11203

3Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine NY, NY 10003

Pub. Date: February 03, 2021

Cite this paper:
Ahmad Jallad, Andrew V. Doodnauth, Justin Lee, Emmanuel Valery, Stephanie Myers, Dahlia Rizk and Samy I. McFarlane. New Onset, Irreversible, Prolonged QT-Interval Requiring Permanent Biventricular Pacemaker in a COVID-19 Patient. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2021; 9(4):249-252. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-9-4-11


Various electrocardiographic (EKG) manifestations have been reported in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). There is growing evidence showing that new onset QT-prolongation is a common EKG finding in COVID-19 patients. In this report, we present a case of a 71-year-old man who was found to have a new onset, irreversible, prolonged QT-interval requiring permanent biventricular pacemaker despite testing negative twice for RT-PCR COVID-19 and correction of all known reversible causes. To date, there are a limited number of reports of irreversible QT-prolongation associated with COVID-19. This case report emphasizes the importance of a physician's clinical judgment in the setting of negative RT-PCR COVID-19 testing. A robust systemic inflammatory state seen in active COVID-19 infection is possibly the key mechanism precipitating the new EKG findings.

QT-prolongation coronavirus disease 2019 RT-PCR COVID-19 cardiac pacemaker

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