Acute myocardial infarction due to septic emboli in a patient with severe pneumonia: A case report

Chinami Ogata, Satoshi Yasuda, Isao Morii, Yoritaka Otsuka, Atsushi Kawamura, Chikao Yutani, Shunichi Miyazaki

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Abstract

A 77-year-old man presented with acute anterior myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock. We successfully performed coronary angioplasty and stenting with intra-aortic balloon pumping for a proximal lesion of the left anterior descending artery, which supplied the territory of the totally occluded right coronary artery. He also had pneumonia resistant to antibiotic therapy. On the 11th day after the onset of infarction, he suffered cardiogenic shock again and died. Postmortem histological examination demonstrated multiple septic emboli with neutrophil infiltration, resulting in myocardial infarctions. There was no occlusion at the stenting site. Severe pneumonia was found in both lungs, which may have been the embolic source in this case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of cardiology
Volume43
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coronary artery disease (septic embolism)
  • Infectious disease
  • Myocardial infarction, pathophysiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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