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1 Coronary Artery Anomalies
DR RAJESH KF Coronary Artery Anomalies

2 CAAs has a global incidence of 5.64%
Incidence of CAA related sudden death is 0.6%

3 Normal Features of Coronary Anatomy
RANGE No. of ostia 2 to 4 Location Right and left anterior sinuses(upper midsection) Proximal orientation 45° to 90° off the aortic wall Proximal common stem Only left (LAD and Cx) Proximal course Direct from ostium to destination Mid-course Extramural (subepicardial) Branches Adequate for the dependent myocardium Essential territories RCA (RV free wall), LAD (anteroseptal),OM (LV free wall) Termination Capillary bed



6 Anomalies of origination and course
Absent left main trunk (split origination of LCA) LAD and Cx originates from LCS without common trunk Occurs in about 1% More frequent with BAV No clinical consequences Coronary ostia are smaller JL catheter for selective cannulation of LAD and amplatz left catheter for LCX

7 Anomalies of origination and course
Anomalous location of coronary ostium within aortic root or near proper aortic sinus of Valsalva a. High b. Low c. Commissural High origin of LCA engaged with Amplatz left,MP catheter High origin of RCA engaged with Amplatz catheter

8 Anomalies of origination and course
Anomalous location of coronary ostium outside normal aortic sinuses a. Right posterior aortic sinus b. LV ,RV ,PA ,AA ,Aortic arch, Descending thoracic aorta, Innominate artery ,Right carotid artery ,IMA , Bronchial artery ,Subclavian artery c.Pulmonary artery

9 Ectopic Coronary Ostium in NCS
Benign anomaly Most commonly involves LCA ostium Difficult cannulation-unexpected location,tangential or slitlike nature Nonselective angiography-longer than usual LMCA RAO and straight lateral projections are most useful For selective catheterization Amplatz or Multipurpose curved catheters offer best chance of success

10 Ectopic Coronary Ostium Arising Outside the Aortic Root(Ascending Aorta)
Usually involves anterior/left surface of aorta Frequently have slit like orifices and tangential proximal course along aortic wall RCA is most frequently ectopic artery Predisposed to more atherosclerosis Association with Congenital aortic valve anomalies

11 Ectopic Coronary from Pulmonary artery
(1) LCA from posterior facing sinus (2) Cx from posterior facing sinus (3) LAD from posterior facing sinus (4) RCA from anterior right facing sinus (5) Ectopic location (outside facing sinuses) (a) From anterior left sinus (b) From pulmonary trunk (c) From pulmonary branch Smith A., Arnold R., Anderson R.H., Wilkinson J.L., Qureshi S.A., McKay R. Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1989;98

12 ALCAPA LCA arises from PA usually from left posterior facing sinus Fetus-both coronary arteries receive forward flow Early after birth - Anterolateral infarct and slight retrograde flow from LCA to PA 15% of patients-myocardial blood flow can sustain myocardial function at rest or even during exercise Adult-Enlarged RCA and collaterals and significant retrograde flow into PA

13 Clinical features Paroxysmal attacks of acute discomfort precipitated by feeding CHF at 2 to 3 month Physical examination-CHF,MR Abnormal Q waves in leads I, aVL, and precordial leads V4 to V6 Older children and adults -may be asymptomatic or have dyspnea, syncope, or exertional angina Sudden death after exertion

14 Echo Abnormal origin of LCA Flow passes from RCA into PA Enlarged RCA RWMA and mitral regurgitation Aortic root angiography Dilated RCA large collaterals-filling of LCA and passage of contrast material to MPA

15 Treatment Ligation of LCA at its origin Direct reimplantation of origin of LCA into aorta (with a button of PA around the origin) Ligation of origin of LCA and reconstitution of flow through it with subclavian arterial or SVG Takeuchi procedure- aortopulmonary window is created and a tunnel fashioned that directs blood from aorta to LCA

16 Anomalous Origination of RCA, LAD or Cx Artery From PA
Benign condition Typically recognized by atypical angina, systolic heart murmur , abnormal stress test or angiography In absence of major clinical manifestations not an indication for surgery

17 Anomalies of origination and course
Coronary ostium at improper sinus (ACAOS) a. RCA from left anterior sinus b. LAD from right anterior sinus c. Cx from right anterior sinus d. LCA from right anterior sinus ARCA~ 6 times more prevalent than ALCA ALCA has a higher risk of SCD

18 Anomalies of origination and course
Sudden cardiac death associated with four risk factors Slit-like coronary orifice Acute angle of take-off from aorta Presence of aortic intramural coronary arteries Inter-arterial course between aorta and PA

19 Other: cardiomyopathy, CHF, fatigue, poor exercise tolerance

20 Echo Difficult by angiography MRI or CT is more sensitive

21 Abnormal crossing pathways
Retrocardiac Path is behind mitral and tricuspid valves in posterior AV groove Figure 3. Conceptual diagram that shows most of the possible paths (1 through 5) by which the RCA, left anterior descending artery (LAD), and circumflex artery (Cx) can potentially connect with the opposite coronary cusps. Paths: 1, Retrocardiac; 2, retroaortic; 3, preaortic, or between the aorta and pulmonary artery; 4, intraseptal (supracristal); 5, prepulmonary (precardiac). The aortic and pulmonary cusps are labeled according to their position in space: AL indicates antero-left; AR, antero-right; P, posterior; M, mitral valve; and T, tricuspid valve. Reproduced from Angelini et al with permission from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Copyright 1999. Retrocardiac Angelini et al

22 Retroaortic Most common Specifically involve origination of Cx artery from right sinus of Valsalva Incidence in general population range from 0.1 to 0.9% No clinical consequences

23 Preaortic Between the aorta and PA Osial abnormalities are usual intramural course within the aortic root and adherent to it for about 1.5 cm Rarely systolic compression lead to SCD

24 Intraseptal(supracristal)
Located in upper anterior IVS(Derived from conal septum) Recogonised by systolic phasic narrowing during CAG Septal perforators

25 Prepulmonary (precardiac)
Common in TOF

26 RCA from left anterior sinus, with anomalous course(ARCA)
(1) Posterior AV groove or retrocardiac (2) Retroaortic (3) Between aorta PA (Most common, 30% mortality) (4) Intraseptal (5) Anterior to pulmonary outflow (6) Posteroanterior interventricular groove (wraparound)

27 LCA from right anterior sinus, with anomalous course
(1) Between aorta and PA (2) Anterior to PA (3) Retroaortic (4) Intraseptal (5) Posterior AV groove (6) Postero-anterior interventricular groove

28 Angiographic appearace

29 LAD from right anterior sinus, with anomalous course
(1) Anterior to PA (2) Intraseptal (3) Between aorta and PA (4) Posteroanterior interventricular groove (wraparound)

30 Cx that arises from right anterior sinus, with anomalous course
(1) Posterior AV groove (2) Retroaortic Angiography Long LMCA segment Small cx branch RAO view shows dot of retro aortic course

31 Current recommendations
Symptomatic patients Unroofing Reimplantation Asymptomatic patient Demonstrable ischemia: repair No demonstrable ischemia ALCA: repair ARCA: observe

32 Anomalies of origination and course
Single coronary artery Incidence 0.024% Single ostium with absence of an ostium in opposite sinus No other coronary artery from an ectopic site 40% associated with cardiac malformations(TGA, TOF, TA, coronary-cameral fistulas, and BAV)

33 Less tangential origin or ostial ridge pathology than ectopic CA with independent ostia
Coronary blood flow is not affected Incidence of atherosclerotic disease not increased Ostial obstruction (large guiding catheter or directional atherectomy device) -poorly tolerated Angioplasty of common trunk is absolutely contraindicated

34 Angiographic classification
Lipton et al

35 Coronary artery atresia
Characterized by ostial dimple in left or right aortic sinus terminates in a cordlike fibrotic structure without a patent lumen Proximal occluded segments have larger diameter Collaterals Stress testing demonstrate myocardial ischemia Seen in PA with intact IVS

36 Coronary artery isolation
Variant of ostial atresia Juxtaposition of abnormal aortic cusp with aortic sinus wall lead to obliteration of underlying coronary ostium

37 Anomalies of intrinsic anatomy
Coronary hypoplasia Angiographic appearance -small diameter(usually <1 mm) with respect to apparent area of dependent myocardium Myocardial fibrosis and segmental hypokinasia are frequent Local reversible ischemia during stress testing with myocardial nuclear scintigraphy Terminology is incorrect when dependent myocardial bed is actually served by alternative sources (unusual coronary patterns) or coronary spasm or diffuse disease

38 Anomalies of intrinsic anatomy
Absent coronary artery Misnomer On angiographic grounds, the most frequent reason are Coronary ectopia (misdiagnosed) Coronary occlusion with lack of demonstrable collateral filling Alternative coronary artery tree pattern not recognized on angiography

39 Anomalies of intrinsic anatomy
Coronary ectasia or aneurysm Localized dilations in a normal sized coronary artery Coronary segment diameter >50% with respect to normal Doppler coronary wire blood flow velocity - significant reduction in peak flow velocity Streamlining and slow runoff contrast media in angiography Acquired stenosis Mural thrombosis with distal embolization Aneurysmal rupture

40 Intramural coronary artery (muscular bridge)
More than 1% of incidence Most commonly associated with ventricular hypertrophy Coronary artery segment of variable length covered by myocardial fibers Angiographic recognition of systolic narrowing Phasic narrowing of a coronary aftery may also occur in ventricular aneurysms or pericardial fibrous bands Intracoronary nitroglycerin in a 100- to 300-/microg bolus facilitates

41 U sign- Artery's accentuated descent from its subepicaardial location
Most commonly involve proximal LAD Systolic stenosis is unlikely to cause coronary flow reduction Rare reports of spasm, thrombus and atherosclerotic change

42 Anomalies of intrinsic anatomy
Subendocardial coronary course Coronary crossing Anomalous origination of posterior descending artery from anterior descending branch or a septal penetrating branch

43 Anomalies of intrinsic anatomy
Split RCA a. Proximal+distal PDAs that both arise from RCA b. Proximal PDA that arises from RCA, distal PDA arises from LAD c. Parallel PDAs (arising from RCA, Cx) or “codominant”

44 Anomalies of intrinsic anatomy
Split LAD Duplication of LAD < 1 % Population a. LAD+first large septal branch b. LAD, double (parallel LADs) c. LAD+large diagonal d. Highly dominant RCA+LAD

45 Anomalies of intrinsic anatomy
Ectopic origination of first septal branch a. RCA b. Right sinus c. Diagonal d. Ramus e. Cx

46 Anomalies of coronary termination
Coronary fistulas A sizable communication between a coronary artery and a cardiac cavity or any segment of systemic or pulmonary circulation

47 Anomalies of coronary termination
Fistulas from RCA, LCA, or infundibular artery to RV,RA,CS , SVC, PA, PV,LA, LV, Multiple(right+left ventricles) Originate from left coronary artery system (50-60%), right coronary artery system (30-40%), or both (2-5%) Most fistulas (90%) drain into right heart

48 Functional coronary fistula
Definite signs of fistulous flow-feeding vessel diameter >50% expected diameter Angiographically prompt visualization of receiving structure with step up in concentration of injected substance Evidence of volume overload in affected cardiac chambers Evidence of steal involving myocardial nutrient blood flow

49 Use large-lumened catheters with side holes (NIH or Gensini ) or guide catheter kept in position by a inch guidewire Mechanical injector Diagnose coronary fistula Identify receiving chamber or vessel Complete visualization of nutrient myocardial branches Absence of nutrient coronary branches arising from a fistulous tract should suggest alternative diagnosis-RSOV

50 Complications Aneurysm formation Intimal ulceration Medial degeneration Intimal rupture Atherosclerotic deposition Calcification Side branch (nutrient) obstruction Mural thrombosis Coronary rupture

51 Treatment Amount of dilation of fistulous vessel is more relevant than fistulous flow, symptoms and signs of myocardial ischemia Catheter based or surgical intervention at an early age(gianturco coils, double umbrella,gifca vascular closure device) Large fistulas-risk of rupture and mural clotting Reversibility of ectasia is consistently reported in pediatric age Optimal time for correction -fifth to fifteenth year of life

52 Incidence of Coronary Anomalies and Patterns
VARIATION (%) Coronary anomalies (total) 110 (5.64) Split RCA 24(1.23) Ectopic RCA (right sinus) 22 (1.13) Ectopic RCA (left sinus) 18 (0.92) Fistulas 17(0.87) Absent left main coronary artery 13 (0.67) Circumflex arising from right sinus LCA arising from right sinus 3 (0.15) Low origination of RCA 2 (0.1) Other anomalies 3(0.27) Angelini P et al

Myocardial ischemia, primary (fixed /episodic) Ostial atresia Ostial stenosis ALCAPA Coronary fistula (rare) Muscular bridge (rare) Myocardial ischemia, secondary (episodic) ACAOS-Tangential origin, intramural course Myocardial bridge - spasm and/or clot Coronary ectasia - mural clot Coronary fistula - mural clot

54 Increased risk of fixed coronary atherosclerotic disease
Coronary fistula ALCAPA Coronary ectasia Muscular bridge (proximal ) Secondary aortic valve disease Coronary aneurysm (ostial) Coronary fistula ALCAPA

55 Increased risk of bacterial endocarditis- Coronary fistula
Ischemic cardiomyopathy (hibernation) ALCAPA ,LCA atresia,rarely in cases of LCA origin from RCS Volume overload Coronary fistula,ALCAPA

56 Misdiagnosis “Missing” coronary artery “Hypoplastic” coronary artery Unusual technical difficulties during coronary angiography or angioplasty Ectopic ostia (tangential) Split left coronary artery Coronary fistula

57 Clinical Management: ACC/AHA Guidelines
J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2008;52;e1-e121

58 Coronary Artery Patterns with Congenital Heart Defects

59 D-TGA Important to identify before switch Sx
Facing sinuses -Sinuses adjacent to PA Nomenclature of facing sinuses depends on relationship of great vessels VSD or side-by-side GVs more associated with coronary anomalies Almost all coronaries arise from facing sinuses In 60% coronary arteries come from appropriate sinuses and branch normally Seen often with aorta anterior and to right of PA

60 D-TGA LCX arising from RCA and coursing posterior to PA - 20% of patients Usually with side-by-side great vessels Completely inverted-RCA arising from a left anterior sinus and LCA arising from right posterior sinus Partially inverted- LCX arising from right posterior sinus and LAD arising with RCA from left anterior sinus Various single coronary anomalies Intramural coursing

61 TOF 40% -abnormally long, large conus artery supplies a significant mass of myocardium 4% - LAD from RCA and passes across RVOT Occasionally single coronary artery Major arteries cross RVOT-Surgery with transannular incision more difficult Can be detected by echocardiography If anatomy is uncertain-aortic root angiography or selective coronary arteriography before Sx

62 L-TGA Aorta is anterior and to left of PA
Coronary arteries come from facing sinuses Anterior sinus is usually noncoronary sinus LCA supplies LV but arises in right facing sinus Passes in front of PA and divides into LAD and Cx , passing in front of RAA in AV groove. RCA arises from left facing sinus and runs in AV groove in front of LAA to terminate as PDA Most common variant is SCA coming from right facing sinus.

63 Referances Moss and Adams' Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Including the Fetus and Young Adults, 7th Edition Myung k Park 5th edition Hurst,s 13th edition Morton J Kern 5th edition Coronary Artery Anomalies: A Comprehensive Approach, edited by P. Angelini.Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia 1999 Coronary Anomalies: Incidence, Pathophysiology, and Clinical Relevance Paolo Angelini, MD; José Antonio Velasco, MD; Scott Flamm, MD Circulation May 21, 2002

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