Case reportAcute coronary syndrome and myocardial infarction after orthopedic surgery in a patient with a recently placed drug-eluting stent
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AbstractProviding anesthesia care for patients who have recently undergone intracoronary drug-eluting stent placement presents unique clinical challenges. It is currently recommended that these patients remain on antiplatelet therapy until reendothelialization of the vessel has occurred (ie, 3-6 months, depending on the eluting medication) to prevent stent restenosis. In the setting of urgent or emergent surgery, it may not be possible to wait until a full course of antiplatelet therapy has been completed. We report an unusual case of postoperative acute coronary syndrome in a gentleman who underwent intracoronary stenting 7 weeks before nonelective revision hip arthroplasty. To our knowledge, this is the first case in the anesthesia literature to report postoperative cardiac morbidity after recent drug-eluting stent deployment.

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