Corrected QT interval anomalies are associated with worse prognosis among patients suffering from sepsis

Y. Wasserstrum, D. Lotan, E. Itelman, I. Barbarova, M. Kogan, R. Klempfner, A. Dagan, G. Segal

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Background: Patients suffering from sepsis experience organ failure and metabolic derangements, with a negative impact on their prognosis and survival. Objective markers for dismal prognosis in this group of patients are sought. Aims: To assess the potential role of corrected QT interval anomalies as surrogates for metabolic derangements leading to increased short and medium-term mortality in patients suffering from sepsis. Methods: This study utilised a historic-cohort analysis of 257 septic patients admitted to internal medicine departments. Personal data, vital signs, laboratory results and electrocardiograms were collected. Patients were grouped according to QTc duration, weather mid-range (395–490 ms) or non-mid-range, and further defined as shorter (<395 ms) or longer (>490 ms). Results: Mortality rates differed significantly between the mid-range QTc group and the non-mid-range groups at 14 days (23.7 vs 38.2%, respectively; P = 0.014) and at 3 months (38.5 vs 59.6%, respectively; P = 0.001). In a three-group analysis, the 14-day mortality was the highest in the longer QTc group and the lowest in the mid-range group compared with the shorter QTc group (44.4, 23.7 and 35.5%, respectively; P = 0.034), and this difference also remained at 3 months (74.1, 38.5 and 53.2%, respectively; P = 0.001). All differences remained statistically significant in a multivariate Cox regression analysis. Conclusions: QTc duration anomalies are associated with worse short- and medium-term prognosis and may act as a marker for more severe clinical sequelae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1204-1211
Number of pages8
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • QT interval
  • corrected QT
  • internal medicine
  • mortality
  • prognosis
  • sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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