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Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1987 Nov;80(12):1705-10.

[Pure coronary spasm: autonomic disease or form of onset of atheroma? Contribution of repeat coronarography in 23 patients].

Archives des maladies du coeur et des vaisseaux

[Article in French]
M Bory, J L Bonnet, F Bonin, P Djiane, A Serradimigni


  1. Service de cardiologie, CHU Timone, Marseille.

PMID: 3128215


Coronary spasm has often been blamed for facilitating the development of atheroma, but some authors regard it as a separate disease. In order to form an opinion on these two theories, we performed repeat coronary arteriography at an interval of 4 years on average in 23 patients: 19 men and 4 women aged from 38 to 62 years (mean: 49,4 years). At the initial examination the coronary vessels were normal in 11 patients and showed irregular arterial walls without significant stenosis in 12 patients. Coronary spasm was demonstrated directly in 17 cases (6 spontaneous spasms during arteriography and 11 induced spasms) and indirectly in 6 cases (ECG signs of ischaemia during the anginal attack). At the second coronary arteriography we found that the spasms persisted, with positive response to a challenge test in 17 out of the 19 patients tested. The challenge test was not performed in 4 patients who had developed significant lesions. The vessels themselves were altered in 6 patients, with images of occlusion (2 cases), stenosis (2 cases), parietal irregularities (1 case) and aneurysm (1 case) appearing on spastic arteries, and images of stenosis in 2 patients with apparently non-spastic arteries. There was no difference in age, sex, risk factors, initial coronary status and time interval between arteriographies between these 6 patients and the 17 patients whose coronary arteries had remained unchanged.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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