Review Articles

Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery



Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. The pathophysiology leading to sudden cardiac death, the specific risks associated with the different varieties of AAOCA, and the effects of different management strategies on the risk of sudden cardiac death are all unknown. This article describes the current knowledge of AAOCA, a proposed nomenclature for the different anatomic subtypes, the different modalities used to diagnose and characterize the disease, the available management strategies, and an algorithm used by the authors to diagnose and manage these patients.


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  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 111-121
  • DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-15-2-111
  • Published on 1 Apr 2019
  • Peer Reviewed