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Urgent Cesarean Delivery Following a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Challenging differential diagnosis, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Management of emergency care, Rare disease, Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis)

Angelo Buscaglia, Nicole Travaglio, Giacomo Tini, Gianpaolo Bezante, Manrico Balbi, Claudio Brunelli

Italy Clinic of Cardiovascular Disease, San Martino Policlinic Hospital, University of Genova, Genova, Italy

Am J Case Rep 2018; 19:956-961

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.909821

Available online:

Published: 2018-08-15


BACKGROUND: Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is the most common etiology of pregnancy-associated myocardial infarction. It is characterized by high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality and may cause fetal complications and death as well.
CASE REPORT: A 44-year-old female (G2P1) suffered from pregnancy-related spontaneous coronary artery dissection with dissection of distal left anterior descending coronary artery. The patient was hemodynamically stable and did not required revascularization, but signs of fetal distress were detected and thus an urgent cesarean delivery was performed. This emergency procedure was undertaken in the catheterization laboratory (Cath-Lab) right after coronary angiography, thanks to a multidisciplinary team. Health conditions of the newborn were good. The patient instead suffered from a recurrence of spontaneous coronary artery dissection 6 days later, complicated by left ventricular apical thrombus and epistenocardial pericarditis. The dissection self-healed in 1 month.
CONCLUSIONS: Careful evaluation of pregnancy-related spontaneous coronary artery dissection is needed to assess and manage both maternal and fetal complications. Under specific circumstances, a cesarean delivery may be required and be even performed in the Cath-Lab after coronary catheterization.

Keywords: acute coronary syndrome, Coronary Artery Disease, Dissection, Pregnancy Complications