Embolization complicating coronary angioplasty in the presence of an intracoronary thrombus

Clin Cardiol. 1986 Sep;9(9):463-5. doi: 10.1002/clc.4960090915.


Two cases of coronary occlusion and subsequent embolization during percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA) are described. Prior to PTCA, angiographic evidence of intracoronary thrombus was present. Abrupt reclosure after dilation was treated by successful redilation. However, coronary embolization of thrombus debris occurred downstream in one patient and into an adjacent coronary branch in the second patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty, Balloon / adverse effects*
  • Coronary Disease / complications*
  • Coronary Disease / therapy
  • Coronary Thrombosis / complications*
  • Embolism / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged