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- Received August 9, 2017
- Revision received September 5, 2017
- Accepted September 12, 2017
- Published online January 1, 2018.
- Arka Chatterjee, MDa,∗ (, )
- Thomas E. Watts, MDa,
- David C. Mauchley, MDb,
- Ami E. Iskandrian, MDa and
- Mark A. Law, MDc
- aDivision of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
- bDivision of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
- cDepartment of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Arka Chatterjee, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, 1520 3rd Avenue, S FOT 920A, Birmingham, Alabama 35294.
A 17-year-old African-American female patient was referred to our institution to evaluate an incidentally diagnosed murmur. She lacked stigmata of chronic illness and had no abnormalities on examination other than a flow murmur at the left and right upper sternal borders. She had occasional sharp, left-sided chest pain, occurring at rest and denied dyspnea; however, she had never been active according to her mother, showing little interest in sports or other exertional activities. A transthoracic echocardiogram demonstrated a dilated proximal right coronary artery without clear evidence of a left main ostium. Invasive coronary angiography demonstrated the left coronary artery (LCA) originating from the left posterior sinus of the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) (Figures 1A and 1B, Online Videos 1 and 2) with a very large and ectatic right coronary artery (RCA) with extensive collaterals. Shunt fraction at catheterization was 1.4. For enhanced 3-dimensional orientation of the coronary arteries and great vessels, a computed tomography angiogram was performed that corroborated the catheterization findings (Figure 1C). Because of the relatively asymptomatic nature of her presentation, the patient underwent a treadmill exercise test where she was unable to go beyond 10 min and had significant ischemic ST-segment depression (Figure 1D). Perfusion imaging showed a large ischemic area in the anterior, anterolateral, and apical myocardium (Figure 1E). She subsequently underwent a Takeuchi repair with a 5-mm Gore-Tex baffle (Gore & Associates, Newark, Delaware) because of extensive collateralization and origin of the LCA from the leftward pulmonary sinus (Figures 1F and 1G) and has done well since then.
ALCAPA is a rare congenital coronary anomaly that is reported to occur in 1 in 300,000 live births with a mean age at diagnosis of 10.2 months (1). The incidence of death without surgical correction is high, with a reported mortality of 90% in the first year of life (1). Clinically, patients present with congestive heart failure, mitral regurgitation, myocardial ischemia, or sudden death (2). Broadly, patients can be divided into either an infantile presentation or adult presentation. Patients who present as infants often have a small, mildly dominant or nondominant RCA without significant collateral vessels to the left coronary system (2). They present early in life with left ventricular dysfunction due to myocardial ischemia, congestive heart failure, and ischemic mitral regurgitation from papillary muscle dysfunction. Patients who present later into adulthood typically have a large dominant RCA with significant collateral vessels supplying the left coronary system (2). Although adult patients may be asymptomatic for a period of time, they usually present with ischemic symptoms, left ventricular dysfunction, malignant arrhythmias, or sudden death. Surgical re-establishment of the dual coronary system is the preferred management for patients with ALCAPA. There are 2 surgical techniques that are primarily used: LCA translocation and intrapulmonary tunneled repair known as the Takeuchi technique (Figure 1H) (3). In cases in which the LCA is short, is relatively fixed due to extensive collateral vessels, or is located too far from the aorta for direct implantation, the Takeuchi technique is favored (2). Indications for reoperation after Takeuchi repair are baffle stenosis, supravalvular pulmonic stenosis, and baffle leak (3).
The authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- Received August 9, 2017.
- Revision received September 5, 2017.
- Accepted September 12, 2017.
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation
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