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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection in the postpartum period: association with antiphospholipid antibody

Abstract

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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