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JAMA Clinical Challenge
Clinician's Corner
March 13, 2013

Chest Pain and an Angiographic Abnormality

Author Affiliations

JAMA Clinical Challenge Section Editor: Huan J. Chang, MD, Contributing Editor. We encourage authors to submit papers for consideration as a JAMA Clinical Challenge. Please contact Dr Chang at tina.chang@jamanetwork.org

Author Affiliations: Department of Internal Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois.

JAMA. 2013;309(10):1030-1031. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1865

A 55-year-old man is admitted from the emergency department with1 month of progressively worsening dyspnea and exertional angina. His medical history is significant for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He denies tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, illicit drug use, or blunt trauma to the chest. He takes celecoxib for knee pain and swelling. His family history reveals that his mother died of complications of scleroderma. Acute coronary syndrome is ruled out with serial measurement of cardiac biomarker levels and serial electrocardiograms. An electrocardiogram reveals Q waves and poor R-wave progression in the anterior leads and T-wave flattening in the inferior leads. Transthoracic echocardiography reveals an ejection fraction of 45%, left ventricular hypertrophy, mild hypokinesis of the left ventricle, and akinesis of the apical septal segment. The exertional angina resolves over the next day, and the patient remains hemodynamically stable. Results of coronary angiography are shown in the Figure.