Interference spikes were noted on the electrocardiogram of a patient with an implanted demand pacemaker. Runaway malfunction was suspected and the generator replaced. Subsequent investigation showec that the interference originated from fasciculation in the left leg caused by underlying neuromuscular disease. Skeletal muscle potentials can produce an electrocardiographic appearance closely resembling 'runaway' pacemaker. Such abnormalities should prompt a search for occult neuromuscular disease.
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