There have been only 58 angiographically documented reports of transmural myocardial infarction due to closed-chest trauma. None of these cases has been treated by percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. We report the case of a 40-year-old man who developed an anterior-wall myocardial infarction secondary to blunt chest trauma suffered in an automobile accident. Angiographic study performed 2 months after the injury revealed an isolated total obstruction of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The patient was judged a good candidate for balloon angioplasty, but total reocclusion occurred within 24 hours of the procedure and a 2nd attempt did not restore patency. Surgical revascularization was performed a week later. A year after his injury, the patient remains asymptomatic and is back at work. Despite the failure of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in its 1st application to coronary artery repair after blunt chest trauma, we believe it to be the treatment of choice in young patients and in single-vessel disease.
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