Late coronary stent infection: a difficult to diagnose rare complication after percutaneous coronary intervention

  • Dhiren ShahEmail author
  • Milan Chag
  • Deepa Shah
  • Dhaval Naik
  • Amit Chandan
  • Chintan Sheth
  • Niren Bhavsar
  • Hiren Dholakiya
  • Parloop Bhatt
Case report


Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) with drug-eluting stent placement is a well-established treatment modality for coronary stenotic lesions. Although infection involving implanted stent is rare, it can occur at any point of time, leading to high morbidity and mortality. We describe a rare case of infected coronary stents complicated with recurrent stent thrombosis, sepsis, and myocardial abscess formation after 2 years of percutaneous cornary intervention (PCI). Using multi-modality imaging final diagnoses to evaluate the precise location, extent and morphology of myocardial abscess (MA) was done. “On pump” coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) was performed, left anterior descending (LAD) artery intramyocardially was opened up, about 7–10 ml of pus was evacuated, and two drug-eluting stents (DES) were removed. The isolated identified organism was Pseudomonas aeruginosa which had remained dormant and restricted to the stent area for almost 2 years thinning the myocardium; an unusual trait of a very virulent bacterium which otherwise spreads fast to cause septicemia. The present case exemplifies the high index of clinical sensitivity with early multi-modality diagnosis, aggressive medical therapy, multidisciplinary care, and timely surgical intervention saving the patient’s life in otherwise fatal condition.


Stent infection Myocardial abscess Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging 


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Each author has contributed significantly to this submitted work.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in this case were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


Informed consent was obtained from the patient to publish this report for academic interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dhiren Shah
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Milan Chag
    • 3
  • Deepa Shah
    • 4
  • Dhaval Naik
    • 1
  • Amit Chandan
    • 1
  • Chintan Sheth
    • 1
  • Niren Bhavsar
    • 1
  • Hiren Dholakiya
    • 1
  • Parloop Bhatt
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Cardiac SurgeryCIMS HospitalAhmedabadIndia
  2. 2.Care Institute of Medical SciencesScience City RoadAhmedabadIndia
  3. 3.Department of CardiologyCIMS HospitalAhmedabadIndia
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyCIMS HospitalAhmedabadIndia
  5. 5.Department of PharmacologyL. M. College of PharmacyAhmedabadIndia

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