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Young male survivor of a spontaneous left main coronary artery dissection treated with surgery

Authors
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Volume
2013
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/jscr/rjt058
Keywords
  • 030
  • Case Report
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Spontaneous dissection of the coronary arteries is a rare disease with a wide range of clinical presentations ranging from angina to myocardial infarction (MI); its pathophysiology has not yet been fully established. In this paper, we present the case of a 31-year-old male with an acute coronary syndrome. The initial results of the electrocardiogram and cardiac enzymes were consistent with MI. However, a coronary angio-tomography revealed a dissection of the left main coronary artery and the patient underwent emergent surgery with coronary artery bypass grafting. The treatment of spontaneous dissection of the coronary arteries depends on the anatomical location and the patient's clinical presentation. Coronary revascularization is associated with good results.

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