Cocaine-induced coronary stent thrombosis
Morhaf Ibrahim MD, Reham Hasan MD, Mustafa Awan MD
Cocaine is the most commonly abused drug in patients presenting to emergency rooms. Compliance with medical instructions and medications is poor in patients who use cocaine. A case involving a 41-year-old cocaine user who developed subacute stent thrombosis is described. The patient underwent bare metal stent implantation three days before presentation and had con- firmed compliance with dual antiplatelet therapy. The stent thrombosis was treated with a manual and mechanical thrombectomy, in addition to percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. Given the issue of compliance and the increased evidence of cocaine-induced thrombosis innative vessels and stents, it is recommended that balloon angioplasty alone should be the treatment of choice when intervention is required.