Angioscopic Evaluation of Coronary-Artery Thrombi in Acute Coronary Syndromes

ik Kyung Jang, Herman K. Gold, Kyoichi Mizuno, Kimio Satomura, Akira Miyamoto, ko Arakawa, Toshio Shibuya, Tsunenori Arai, Akira Kurita, Haruo Nakamura, John A. Ambrose

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To the Editor: Mizuno et al. (Jan. 30 issue)1 provide important information about the morphology of coronary-artery thrombi in unstable angina and acute myocardial infarction using angioscopy. In this study, all the patients with acute infarction had red (fibrin-rich) thrombi, whereas the majority of patients with unstable angina had grayish-white (platelet-rich) clots. The authors postulated that these differences in color might be due to differences in the composition or age of the thrombi. Several decades ago Friedman and Van der Bovenkamp2 reported that the composition of a thrombus associated with a ruptured plaque depends on whether the contents of the…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-207
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Jul 16

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  • Medicine(all)


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