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Natural History, Clinical Consequences, and Morphologic Features of Coronary Arterial Aneurysms in Adults.
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PMID:  21791334     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Clinical and morphologic features are described in 20 adults (15 men) aged 17 to 85 years (mean 56) who at necropsy were found to have ≥1 aneurysm in ≥1 of their 3 major (right, left anterior descending, and left circumflex) epicardial coronary arteries. Of the 34 coronary aneurysms in the 20 patients (single in 10 patients, ≥2 in 10 patients), 27 (79%) contained intra-aneurysmal thrombi, and in each, the thrombus severely narrowed the lumen. Additionally, atherosclerotic plaque was present in the aneurysmal wall in all 27 aneurysms containing thrombi and also in the major coronary arteries uninvolved by aneurysm. The causes of the aneurysms in the 16 patients with intra-aneurysmal thrombi were therefore considered atherosclerotic. In the other 4 patients, with 7 aneurysms, none contained intra-aneurysmal thrombus or atherosclerotic plaque, and the aneurysms were considered congenital. Clinical diagnosis of coronary aneurysm was not made in any of the 20 patients, but none had proper imaging studies during life. Despite the coronary aneurysms and the associated luminal narrowing, only 8 patients (40%) had left ventricular wall scarring or necrosis or clinical evidence of myocardial ischemia. Proper therapy remains ill defined.
William Clifford Roberts
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1913     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute of Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Pathology Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
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