An anomalous left coronary artery originating from the pulmonary artery in a 72-year-old woman: diagnosis by color flow myocardial blush and coronary arteriography.

Journal Article

An anomalous left coronary artery originating from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare congenital coronary abnormality often associated with myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and sudden death. Survival to adulthood in individuals with this coronary anomaly is quite uncommon. Since mortality approaches 90% in infancy with untreated ALCAPA, early recognition and surgical correction are essential. Using both echocardiographic myocardial blush and coronary arteriography, we describe the new diagnosis of uncorrected ALCAPA in a 72-year-old woman and review contemporary methods for the diagnosis and management of this particular coronary anomaly.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kandzari, DE; Harrison, JK; Behar, VS

Published Date

  • February 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 96 - 99

PubMed ID

  • 11818647

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1042-3931

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States