1. Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Insights From Histology and Optical Coherence Tomography

    Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Insights From Histology and Optical Coherence Tomography

    Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a well-known but infrequent cause of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and often goes unrecognized. Although management of SCAD is, at times, controversial, when a patient presents with ACS, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is frequently necessary. We present a patient with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) with SCAD that illustrates two important points: use of intracoronary optical coherence tomography to guide PCI, and histologic assessment to provide a unique insight into the etiology of SCAD. Following the case, we briefly review the important aspects of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and interventional management of SCAD.

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