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J Invasive Cardiol. 2017 Dec;29(12):E202.

Catheter-Induced Coronary Spasm: Serious But Preventable.

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Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Ave, Mailstop LKS 5038, Cleveland, OH 44106 USA.


While catheter-induced spasm is considered to be rare, it needs to be ruled out (especially in cases of left main stenosis) to avoid unnecessary revascularization. We present a patient where the underlying tendency for coronary spasm was so high, the severe spasm was possibly the underlying cause of a prior cardiac arrest episode.

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