Simultaneous acute thrombosis of two major coronary arteries following intravenous cocaine use

R. G. Stenberg, M. D. Winniford, L. D. Hillis, G. P. Dowling, L. M. Buja

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Abstract

Myocardial infarction is now a well-recognized complication of cocaine abuse. This report describes a 38-year-old man who sustained simultaneous acute thrombosis of two major epicardial coronary arteries shortly after intravenous cocaine use. The finding of layers of mural thrombus of varying age, from acute to two to three days, in both coronary arteries represents a previously unreported finding (to our knowledge) in cocaine-associated cardiac death. Potential mechanisms for the association between cocaine use and infarction and the cardiac pathologic findings in cocaine-associated death are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-524
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Volume113
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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    Stenberg, R. G., Winniford, M. D., Hillis, L. D., Dowling, G. P., & Buja, L. M. (1989). Simultaneous acute thrombosis of two major coronary arteries following intravenous cocaine use. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 113(5), 521-524.