An Uncommon Cause of Myocardial Ischemia after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: "The Dangerous Drainage"


  • Andres Beiras-Fernandez
  • Patrick Möhnle
  • Carsten Kopf
  • Calin Vicol
  • Felix Kur
  • Bruno Reichart



The most common causes of myocardial ischemia and myocardial infarction early after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery are early graft occlusion/thrombosis or occlusion/ thrombosis of coronary arteries due to advanced coronary heart disease. We describe a case of postoperative myocardial ischemia due to an uncommon and quickly reversible cause: mechanical compression of a vein graft by a 19F flexible silicone mediastinal drainage tube.


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Beiras-Fernandez, A., Möhnle, P., Kopf, C., Vicol, C., Kur, F., & Reichart, B. (2011). An Uncommon Cause of Myocardial Ischemia after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: "The Dangerous Drainage". The Heart Surgery Forum, 14(3), E200-E201.