The sinus node artery (SNA) arises from the right coronary artery in near 60% of the cases and from the left circumflex artery in the remaining ones. We described the case of a patient in whom the SNA took off from the proximal part of the left main trunk. A 59 year-old male underwent coronary arteriography because of unstable angina. Soon after the incannulation of the left coronary ostium with a 7F catheter critical bradycardia ensued without ECG changes of ischemia. The arrhythmia spontaneously reverted by removing the catheter. Further contrast injections were carried out with a smaller diagnostic catheter (5F); the left main trunk was normal with the SNA arising from the very proximal part of it. It is likely that the heart rate slowing was elicited by a temporary occlusion (and related ischemia) of the anomalous SNA by the diagnostic catheter. This anomaly may therefore provoked heart arrhythmias during diagnostic or interventional procedures.

[Anomalous origin of the sinus node artery from the left main trunk: a potential cause of iatrogenic hypokinetic arrhythmia] / G. Berna, P. Montorsi. - In: CARDIOLOGIA. - ISSN 0393-1978. - 43:1(1998 Jan), pp. 89-91-91.

[Anomalous origin of the sinus node artery from the left main trunk: a potential cause of iatrogenic hypokinetic arrhythmia]

P. Montorsi
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1998-01

Abstract

The sinus node artery (SNA) arises from the right coronary artery in near 60% of the cases and from the left circumflex artery in the remaining ones. We described the case of a patient in whom the SNA took off from the proximal part of the left main trunk. A 59 year-old male underwent coronary arteriography because of unstable angina. Soon after the incannulation of the left coronary ostium with a 7F catheter critical bradycardia ensued without ECG changes of ischemia. The arrhythmia spontaneously reverted by removing the catheter. Further contrast injections were carried out with a smaller diagnostic catheter (5F); the left main trunk was normal with the SNA arising from the very proximal part of it. It is likely that the heart rate slowing was elicited by a temporary occlusion (and related ischemia) of the anomalous SNA by the diagnostic catheter. This anomaly may therefore provoked heart arrhythmias during diagnostic or interventional procedures.
Humans; Coronary Circulation; Sinoatrial Node; Middle Aged; Male; Arrhythmias, Cardiac
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