A 50-year-old Indigenous woman, on home haemodialysis, was found to have a large mycotic aneurysm of the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery at the site of a previous drug-eluting stent. Blood cultures grew methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia. She underwent a complex operation involving resection of the mycotic aneurysm, removal of the stent and a coronary artery bypass graft to the distal left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery using the left internal mammary artery. She had a complicated intensive care unit admission with pericardial tamponade on day 1 postoperatively requiring reopening and removal of clot and type 1 respiratory failure requiring reintubation on day 10 postoperatively. Once extubated, she developed prolonged hyperactive delirium and a significant decline in mobility. Over the course of a 6-week hospital admission, she received extensive multidisciplinary care and was discharged for rehabilitation to a peripheral hospital. She was discharged home after rehabilitation with ongoing follow-up with infectious diseases.
- ischaemic heart disease
- interventional cardiology
- infectious diseases
- cardiothoracic surgery
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Contributors RL was the primary surgeon. NS was the first assistant. UA wrote the article and was involved in the patient’s care.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Obtained.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.