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Malignancy: An unrecognized risk factor for coronary stent thrombosis?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Vijay KunadianORCiD, Professor Azfar Zaman


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Stent thrombosis is a potentially catastrophic complication of coronary artery stenting. There have been particular concerns about the incidence of stent thrombosis following insertion of drug-eluting stents. We report a series of cases in which stent thrombosis occurred in association with malignancy and describe the potential mechanisms behind such an association. We speculate that this association merits further investigation as it raises the possibility that known malignancy may be a risk factor for stent thrombosis and that unexplained stent thrombosis, particularly if recurrent, should stimulate a search for occult malignancy.

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Author(s): Hobson AR, McKenzie DB, Kunadian V, Purcell I, Zaman A, Dawkins KD, Curzen N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Invasive Cardiology

Year: 2008

Volume: 20

Issue: 4

Pages: E120-E123

ISSN (print): 1042-3931

ISSN (electronic): 1557-2501

Publisher: HMP Communications, LLC

PubMed id: 18398242