Published Online: 1 January 1980
Page Count: 4
Pathologist/deputy medical examiner, Valhalla, N.Y.
(Received 17 July 1979; accepted 1 August 1979)
Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk is a rare congenital anomaly of the cardiovascular system. Most patients with this condition die during the first year of life without proper treatment. In rare instances a patient will survive to his teens and adulthood. However, in most of these cases minor symptoms are present such as a feeling of heaviness of the lower chest, mild chest pain, or some electrocardiographic changes. A sudden unexpected death because of this anomaly, in a previously healthy athletic 22 year old, is reported.
Paper ID: JFS10934J