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01.12.2017 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 1/2017

A case of successful reperfusion through a combination of intracoronary thrombolysis and aspiration thrombectomy in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction associated with an ectatic coronary artery

Zeitschrift:
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Yonggu Lee, Eunjin Kim, Bae Keun Kim, Jeong-Hun Shin

Abstract

Background

Large thrombus burdens in ectatic coronary arteries that remain after aspiration thrombectomy can negatively impact outcomes following percutaneous coronary interventions in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

Case presentation

A 53-year-old man presented with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Coronary angiography revealed an ectatic right coronary artery (RCA) that was completely occluded in the mid portion by a large amount of thrombus. Catheter-directed intracoronary thrombolysis with alteplase led to recovery of coronary blood flow, which multiple attempts of aspiration thrombectomy had failed to achieve. Coronary angiography 9 days later showed good blood flow and insignificant stenosis remaining in the RCA; this had completely resolved in 6 months’ follow-up coronary angiography.

Conclusion

Catheter-directed intracoronary thrombolysis can be performed effectively and safely when repeat aspiration thrombectomy fails to produce satisfactory coronary reperfusion in STEMI patients with large thrombus burdens in ectatic coronary arteries.
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