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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 158-160

Incidental spontaneous coronary dissection: An interventionist's dilemma

Department of Cardiology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Safal Safal
Department of Cardiology, King George's Medical University, Chowk, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1995-705X.172205

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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an uncommon entity, frequently presenting as ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI) or sudden cardiac death. It is usually reported in association with pregnancy and has a high mortality. We present here a case of asymptomatic dissection of the right coronary artery, incidentally detected, in a young normotensive male when coronary angiography was done following acute anterior wall MI. This patient had none of the risk factors to which SCAD is generally ascribed. While management of the infarct-related artery was clear-cut, whether or not to intervene for this nonocclusive dissection was a difficult decision. A conservative approach was finally adopted for the spontaneous dissection and the patient is faring well till date.

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