Late potentials

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Late potentials are thought to be caused by early afterdepolarizations of cells in the right ventricle (in ARVD). Their amplitude is often too small to show up on a normal ECG. However, when multiple QRS recordings (typically 250 consecutive QRS complexes) are averaged, random noise is filtered out and late potentials can show up.

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Criteria for late potentials on a signal averaged ECG [1][2]
  • filtered QRS duration > 114ms
  • terminal (last 40ms) QRS root means square (RMS) voltage < 20 µV
  • low amplitude (<40 µV) signal (LAS) duration > 38ms
  • Noise should be minimal with a standard deviation of the TP segment of < 1 µV


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