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Case Report Successful Recovery after Cardiac Arrest from Medically Intractable Coronary Spasm Induced by Ergonovine, Using Percutaneous Cardiopulmonary Support: A Case Report
Jeehoon Kang, In Chang Hwang, Chang Hwan Yoon

Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.
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The ergonovine provocation test is often used in diagnosing variant angina. Most patients with an ergonovine-induced coronary artery spasm respond promptly to intracoronary nitroglycerin administration within 3 to 5 minutes. However, in a few patients ergonovine results in serious cardiovascular complications due to intractable coronary artery spasm. We report a case of a severe and medically intractable coronary spasm induced by ergonovine, followed by cardiac arrest. Aided by percutaneous cardiopulmonary support (PCPS) and mechanical ventilation, the patient could survive after four days of hospitalization despite a recurrent vasospasm. Recovery was largely attributed to full supportive care and the use of PCPS.

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