Reperfusion-related polymorphic ventricular tachycardia as a possible mechanism of sudden death in patients with anomalous coronary arteries

Am J Med Sci. 2005 Jun;329(6):327-9. doi: 10.1097/00000441-200506000-00015.


We describe a patient with anomalous origin of the left coronary artery in whom polymorphic ventricular tachycardia developed immediately after an episode of chest pain with ST segment elevation. This is the first report providing direct evidence that reperfusion arrhythmias may be the cause of sudden death in individuals with anomalous coronary arteries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Vessel Anomalies / complications*
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Reperfusion Injury / complications*
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / complications*