Sudden infant death with anomalous origin of the left coronary artery

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1992 Sep;13(3):191-5. doi: 10.1097/00000433-199209000-00003.

Abstract

Autopsy of a 3-month-old girl, an apparent case of sudden infant death syndrome, revealed anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the right aortic sinus. Acute angulation of the left coronary artery along the aortic root, as well as a focal intramyocardial course within the ventricular septum, may have contributed to episodic luminal narrowing. Anomalous coronary origins of similar type have been associated with sudden death in children, teenagers, and young adults, but have not necessarily been associated with sudden death in older adults. Somewhat similar malformations have been reported in sudden infant death; two cases involved the left coronary artery and six involved the right.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Vessel Anomalies / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Sudden Infant Death / etiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / pathology*