Anomalous origin of the left main from the right coronary sinus presenting with sudden cardiac death: utility of mechanical circulatory support


  • Hussam Eddin T Al Hennawi Al Faisal University, College of Medicine; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Ibrahim Fahsah Norton Healthcare, Department of Cardiology; Louisville, Kentucky; USA
  • Mohammad F Mathbout Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Cardiology; Charleston, South Carolina;USA



Anomalies involving the origin of the coronary arteries are extremely rare, with the left main artery coronary artery (LMCA) originating from the right coronary sinus (RCS) one of its rarest forms. Anomalous origin of left main from right coronary sinus poses a high risk of sudden cardiac arrest. In our report, we shed light on the case of a 43-year-old female who suffered a witnessed cardiac arrest due to underlying anomalous origin of the left main artery from right coronary sinus. The patient was initially pronounced dead until return of spontaneous rhythm with concomitant myocardial infarction led to the diagnosis of anomalous coronary artery. This case stresses important points to consider when dealing with the acute management and chronic treatment plan for this subset of high-risk patients. We also consider the utility of mechanical circulatory support in management of this condition.






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