Postoperative Internal Thoracic Artery Spasm After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Ralf E. Harskamp, Jeffrey D. McNeil, Margreet W. van Ginkel, Renata B. Bastos, Clinton E. Baisden, John H. Calhoon

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Spasm of the left internal thoracic artery in the perioperative period represents a life-threatening complication after coronary artery bypass grafting. We present a case in which graft spasm was treated with the administration of intra-arterial nitroglycerin and verapamil. Although vasospasm is more often seen in radial artery grafts, this case demonstrates that left internal thoracic artery grafts are also prone to spasm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-649
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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