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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection in the postpartum period: association with antiphospholipid antibody
  1. M Krishnamurthy,
  2. R Desai,
  3. H Patel
  1. Department of Medicine, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Mahesh Krishnamurthy
    Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA;


Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an extremely uncommon cause of myocardial infarction, occurring predominantly in women during or after pregnancy. The exact aetiology is unknown. This report describes a 33 year postpartum woman with diagnosed SCAD who tested positive for anticardiolipin antibody. This is the first case of SCAD in a patient with antiphospholipid antibody. The authors hypothesised that there should be a strong association between them.

  • AMI, acute myocardial infarction
  • APS, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • SCAD, spontaneous coronary artery dissection
  • antiphospholipid antibody
  • coronary artery dissection
  • postpartum period

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  • Affiliated to Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

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