Author(s): Hrle T, Reimers J, Hertting K, Kuck KH
A 44-year-old female presented with acute inferior myocardial infarction. Emergency coronary angiography showed an aneurysm of the proximal right coronary artery and an occlusion of the vessel downstream due to a huge organized thrombus. Mechanical fragmentation, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa antagonist, and intracoronary thrombolysis were all tested without success. Finally, the aneurysm was covered with a standard bare metal stent in order to trap the thrombus between the stent and the vessel wall and at least partially in the aneurysm. The strategy was successful, and after 1 week, the blood flow in the right coronary artery was normal; however, the aneurysm remained. After 6 months, there was significant in-stent restenosis of the proximal and mid segments of the right coronary artery but no evidence of the aneurysm. The restenosis was treated with two drug-eluting stents, leading to an excellent result after a further 6 months. The patient was free of symptoms and the left ventricular ejection fraction was within the normal range.