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Chronic spontaneous coronary artery dissection in association with antiphospholipid syndrome presenting as stable angina
  1. Napohn Chongprasertpon1,
  2. Abdalla Ibrahim2,
  3. Michael Goggins1 and
  4. Thomas Kiernan1
  1. 1 Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  2. 2 Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Napohn Chongprasertpon, napohn{at}


A 52-year-old man presented to our cardiology service for an elective diagnostic coronary angiogram for risk stratification in the context of stable angina. He was diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome 2 years prior and had three known thrombotic episodes in the form of a stroke, retinal artery occlusion and deep vein thrombosis. Our initial differential was atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, however, coronary angiography demonstrated a dominant right coronary artery with a long segment of chronic spontaneous dissection distally but with thrombolysis in myocardial infarction III flow. He was treated medically with antianginals which rendered him asymptomatic and is currently on regular follow-up in the cardiology outpatient department.

  • cardiovascular medicine
  • interventional cardiology
  • clinical diagnostic tests

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  • Contributors AI was responsible for the conception of the manuscript. NC drafted the manuscript which was then revised by AI. TK acquired and interpreted the images in the report. MG acquired all other clinical data and obtained informed consent from our patient. Final approval of the version published was given by TK.

  • 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.

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  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.