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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0520091870.
Published online 2010 December 2. doi:  10.1136/bcr.05.2009.1870
PMCID: PMC3029070
Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

10p for an angiogram: the cardio-oesophageal reflex


A 57-year-old man presented at our institution with central chest pain. Serial ECGs showed dynamic T-wave changes, suggesting the possibility of unstable angina. Urgent coronary angiography revealed an unexpected finding of a radio-opaque lesion seen in the xiphisternal region during screening. Oesophogastroduodenoscopy confirmed this to be a 10p coin. The coin passed through the gastrointestinal tract without complications and the patient's symptoms and ECG changes resolved. This unusual case is a reminder that many diseases may electrocardiographically imitate an acute coronary syndrome.

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