The incidence of congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries in the adult population

Radiology. 1977 Jan;122(1):47-52. doi: 10.1148/122.1.47.


A review of 1,000 consecutive coronary angiograms, most of them performed for evaluation of angina pectoris, yielded 9 examples of congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries. In 2 cases the angina may have been due to malposition of the left coronary artery or one of its branches. There were 2 cases of aberrant origin of the circumflex artery from the right coronary artery, 2 cases of aberrant left anterior descending artery, 3 cases in which all three major coronary branches arose from the right aortic sinus, and 2 cases of coronary artery fistulas. Malposition of the coronary artery should be considered as a possible cause of angina.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Angina Pectoris / etiology
  • Coronary Vessel Anomalies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Coronary Vessel Anomalies / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Radiography