Coronary artery embolisation

Int J Cardiol. 2009 Jan 9;131(2):e63-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2007.06.101. Epub 2007 Aug 8.


In the setting of an acute inferior myocardial infarction undergoing primary stent implantation, we could document a macroscopic embolus moving along the right coronary artery. Coronary embolisation is a well known drawback of percutaneous coronary interventions and dedicated devices can be used in order to minimize myocardial damage. Nonetheless, unexpected macroscopic embolisation after the first manual contrast injection through a diagnostic catheter remains a possible complication and may lead to unsatisfactory results when the upstream pharmacological therapy is not appropriate.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Coronary Artery Disease / complications
  • Coronary Artery Disease / diagnosis*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / therapy*
  • Embolism / complications
  • Embolism / diagnosis*
  • Embolism / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Stents