Extrinsic compression of the left main coronary artery by the pulmonary artery in patients with long-standing pulmonary hypertension

Am J Cardiol. 1999 Mar 15;83(6):984-6, A10. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(98)01046-7.


Left main coronary artery compression by the pulmonary artery may be seen in patients with pulmonary hypertension who are undergoing cardiac catheterization. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is useful in these patients to document extrinsic compression, which might otherwise be mistaken for intrinsic atherosclerotic disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cineangiography
  • Coronary Disease / diagnosis
  • Coronary Disease / diagnostic imaging
  • Coronary Disease / etiology*
  • Coronary Vessels / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / complications*
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / pathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Artery / pathology*