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Minimally invasive treatment of left main coronary artery thrombosis in a young patient with COVID-19


COVID-19 has been associated with cardiovascular events. This case demonstrates severe left main coronary artery thrombosis with distal embolisation in a young male patient admitted with COVID-19 who developed ST-elevation myocardial infarction. The patient was treated with thrombus aspiration combined with aggressive anticoagulant treatment, which yielded complete resolution of the thrombus. Left main thrombus represents a life-threatening coronary event and is most often associated with atherosclerotic plaque rupture. In this case, however, we suspect that COVID-19-related intimal inflammation and hypercoagulopathy might be the causal mechanism of thrombus formation. Revascularisation with coronary artery bypass grafting or percutaneous coronary intervention is the standard treatment of left main thrombosis. However, due to the patient’s young age and lack of significant atherosclerotic disease burden, we used a conservative medical treatment strategy using potent antithrombotic therapy.

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • COVID-19

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