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Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2013 Dec;41(8):738-42. doi: 10.5543/tkda.2013.37542.

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection in a healthy adolescent following consumption of caffeinated "energy drinks".

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Dicle University Faculty of Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey.
  • 2Department of Cardiology, Sütçü İmam University Faculty of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey.
  • 3Department of Cardiology, Dr. Ersin Arslan State Hospital, Gaziantep, Turkey.


Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare and uncommon case of sudden cardiac death and acute coronary syndrome. Herein, we present a 13-year-old boy with chest pain who was diagnosed with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction associated with SCAD, possibly caused by the consumption of an energy drink, which has not been reported previously in the pediatric age group. On coronary angiography, the left anterior descending artery showed extensive dissection from the distal part of the vessel. Based on the morphology of the vessel with a dissection and TIMI flow grade III, it was decided to manage this patient conservatively with close follow-up. The aim of this report is to highlight the risks associated with the consumption of caffeinated energy drinks in children.

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