Coronary artery spasm after Cryo Maze III procedure

Bijoy G. Rajbanshi, Eduardo Rodrigues, James J. Lynch, Rajiv Gulati, Thoralf M. Sundt

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The Cox Maze III procedure has been simplified with the availability of tissue ablation devices; however, complications related to their use are recognized. We report a case of 45-year-old woman who underwent mitral valve repair and concomitant Cryo-Maze procedure. She had reversible right coronary artery spasm develop after the procedure demonstrated by ST-segment elevation changes and coronary angiography, which was reversed with intracoronary nitroglycerin. The region of spasm suggested it as a consequence of proximity of the right coronary artery to the right atrial ablation lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1884-1887
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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