The T-peak–T-end Interval as a Marker of Repolarization Abnormality: A Comparison with the QT Interval for Five Different Drugs

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  • Tanveer A. Bhuiyan
  • Claus Graff
  • Kanters, Jørgen K.
  • Jimmi Nielsen
  • Jacob Melgaard
  • Jørgen Matz
  • Egon Toft
  • Johannes J. Struijk

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The T-peak to T-end (TpTe) interval has been suggested as an index of transmural dispersion and as a marker of drug-induced abnormal repolarization. In this study, we investigate the relation between TpTe and the QT interval.

METHODS: Electrocardiograms (ECGs) from five different drugs (sotalol, sertindole, moxifloxacin, nalmefene, and Lu 38-135) and from a placebo group were analyzed. Semi-automatic measurements of T-peak, T-end, and QRS onset were obtained. The TpTe/QT ratio was calculated to investigate the proportional relationship of QT and TpTe.

RESULTS: Although a significant increase of both TpTe and QT from baseline is apparent with QT-prolonging drugs, the TpTe/QT ratio remained the same at baseline and after drug administration, thus indicating that prolongation of TpTe is just a fractional part of total QT prolongation. In the presence of notched or flattened T-waves, the uncertainty associated with measurement of the TpTe interval increases. The errors in TpTe for individual subjects may be substantial, thus complicating the use of TpTe for follow-up of individuals.

CONCLUSIONS: The duration of the QT interval and TpTe are closely related. Drugs appear to prolong the TpTe interval as a predictable fraction of the total QT prolongation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Drug Investigation
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)717-724
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

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