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An unexpected acute coronary syndrome

W G van Hougenhouck-Tulleken, V Ueckermann

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Acute coronary syndromes due to coronary artery vasospasm occur rarely and are difficult to diagnose in the acute setting. We present a patient with hypocalcaemia-induced coronary artery vasospasm, which resulted in an acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction. This was reversible upon administering intravenous calcium, with no long-term cardiac consequences for our patient.


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W G van Hougenhouck-Tulleken, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa

V Ueckermann, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa

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Southern African Journal of Critical Care 2019;35(1):24. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.2019.v35i1.386

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Date submitted: 2019-08-15
Date published: 2019-08-15

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