The Cabrol technique employs a synthetic graft to connect the coronary arteries to an aortic graft in patients with complex disease of the ascending aorta. Acute Cabrol graft thrombosis is a life-threatening situation that presents as acute coronary syndrome, as it leads to acute coronary hypoperfusion. We present a patient with unstable anginal symptoms who had undergone aortic surgery 6 months prior to presentation. Cardiac catheterisation was concerning for aortic dissection yet was later revealed to be acute occlusion of a Cabrol graft. The patient ultimately died of cardiogenic shock. We review the Cabrol technique, complications and management of acute graft thrombosis.
- interventional cardiology
- cardiothoracic surgery
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Contributors Three of the authors (JS-M, ME-H, CS) were directly involved in the patient’s care. All authors (JS-M, NC-C, ME-H, CS) were involved in the conception and design of the manuscript, drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and final approval of the version submitted.
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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