Subacute Stent Thrombosis Occurring More Than One Month after Implantation for Acute Myocardial Infarction


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Abstract

Two patients are described with anterior acute myocardial infarction who had a successful recanalization of a totally occluded left anterior descending coronary artery by means of primary angioplasty and stenting. Reinfarction occurred more than 1 month after implantation. At angiography, a totally occluded left anterior descending coronary artery at the site of stenting was observed and was effectively reopened with angioplasty and stenting in both cases. This report aims to emphasize that acute myocardial infarction still represents a major risk factor for subacute stent thrombosis and that this potentially catastrophic event may occur late after implantation. Potential implications for revascularization strategies and medical treatment are discussed.

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