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Rapid Resolution of Coronary Arterial Emboli: Myocardial Infarction and Subsequent Normal Coronary Arteriograms

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Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(3):348-350. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-81-3-348
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Two patients were studied in whom acute embolic coronary occlusion with subsequent myocardial infarction occurred during cardiac catheterization. On follow-up angiographic examination 5½ and 8 weeks after the infarction, normal coronary vessels were seen with no residual defect at the site of the previously proved occlusion. Coronary emboli are capable of rapid resolution. Coronary embolization with subsequent canalization or lysis merits consideration as a cause of myocardial infarction with subsequent normal coronary arteriograms.





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