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Fifty-year-old man with inferior ST elevation
  1. Thomas Rees1,
  2. Michaela Scheuermann-Freestone2,
  3. Peter Golledge2
  1. 1 Cardiology, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, UK
  2. 2 Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas Rees, Cardiology, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke RG24 9NA, UK; tom.rees{at}

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Clinical introduction

A 50-year-old Asian man presented to the emergency department with chest pain. On arrival he suffered a cardiac arrest with ventricular fibrillation from which he was successfully resuscitated. A post-resuscitation ECG showed right bundle branch block with inferior ST elevation, and he was immediately transferred for primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Right femoral arterial access was obtained and blood pressure was noted to be 140/30 mm Hg. Coronary angiography showed mild atherosclerosis in the left anterior descending and circumflex arteries. On attempted catheter intubation of the right coronary artery (figure 1A), contrast extravasation was noted (asterisk). An aortogram was conducted (figure 1B).

Figure 1

(A) Attempted coronary angiography of the right coronary artery. (B) Aortogram.


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  • Contributors TR has written the manuscript for publication. MS-F and PG have helped revise the manuscript. All authors were clinically involved in the case.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.