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REC Interv Cardiol. 2021;3:324-326

Spontaneous left main coronary artery dissection complicated with vasospasm. Case resolution

Disección coronaria espontánea en el tronco común izquierdo complicada con vasoespasmo. Resolución

Cátia Costa Oliveira,a,b,c, Carlos Galvão Braga,a Catarina Quina,a João Costa,a and Jorge Marquesa

aCardiology Service, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal

bLife and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

cICVS/3B’s-PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga/Guimarães, Portugal

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We decided to end the procedure because the patient became asymptomatic and the ST-segment elevation resolved. After the procedure, the blood test performed revealed a new increase of troponin I levels (4.4 ng/mL). The patient started therapy with dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers due to the observed vasospasm. While in observation, the patient remained asymptomatic. Five days later, she was discharged on dual antiplatelet therapy. One month later, the patient was readmitted to undergo an elective coronary angiography to reassess the lesion. The coronary angiography only revealed the presence of irregularities without further lesions (videos 1 and 2 of the supplementary data). Therefore, the most probable diagnosis was a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). The management of SCAD is still a matter of great discussion especially regarding left main coronary artery lesions and situations of hemodynamic instability as it is well-known that SCADs can heal spontaneously after 1 month.1-3 In this case, we decided not to proceed with the percutaneous coronary intervention because the patient became asymptomatic and the electrocardiographic alterations resolved after the administration of intracoronary nitrates and because we were not sure about the etiology of the severe vasospasm (SCAD vs atherosclerotic lesion). The reassessment coronary angiography performed appeared normal and confirmed the most likely diagnosis of SCAD. The patient had multiple risk factors for SCAD: multiparity, a recent delivery, and use of hormonal contraceptives.1,2 Therefore, after discussion with the gynecology team, the patient was administered lactation suppression medication and hormonal contraception was withdrawn. Autoimmune diseases and fibromuscular dysplasia were excluded. The reassessment transthoracic echocardiogram did not show any alterations. To date, a year has gone by without recurrence.


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C. Costa Oliveira was responsible for the analysis of the clinical case and the writing of the article. C. Galvão Braga was the responsible for patient coronary intervention and for revising the article. C. Quina, J.Costa and J. Marques participate in the case resolution and were also responsible for revising the article.


Nothing to declare.


Vídeo 1. Costa Oliveira C. DOI: 10.24875/RECICE.M20000195

Vídeo 2. Costa Oliveira C. DOI: 10.24875/RECICE.M20000195


1. Adlam D, Alfonso F, Maas A, Vrints C, Writing Committee, European Society of Cardiology, acute cardiovascular care association, SCAD study group:a position paper on spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Eur Heart J. 2018;39:3353-3368.

2. Hayes SN, Kim ESH, Saw J, et al. Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection:Current State of the Science:A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2018;137:e523-e557.

3. Shan P, Huang W, Hoosen R, Zhou C, Mintz GS, Fu G. Spontaneous dissection in the left main coronary artery. Am J Emerg Med. 2018;36:907.

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