AANA Journal: A Subtle ECG Change Leading to Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Diagnosis Under General Anesthesia: A Case Report
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The identification of asymptomatic patients can be difficult because there may be only subtle changes on the electrocardiogram but could still pose as life-threatening in the presence of supraventricular tachycardia. Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome is a congenital cardiac preexcitation syndrome presenting with an uninhibited electrical conduction between the atria and ventricles via an accessory pathway (AP) known as the Bundle of Kent and is linked to developing a life-threatening arrhythmia. Although rare, sudden cardiac death (SCD) can present as the first clinical manifestation in WPW syndrome.  The anesthesia provider has the knowledge to identify an asymptomatic patient with Wolff-Parkinson-White through electrocardiogram readings. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the ECG finding associated with WPW pattern. 

  • Understand how regional and neuraxial anesthesia techniques affect patients with WPW syndrome. 

Cory Groves, APRN, CRNA, DNAP

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