oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Sudden cardiac death of a child caused by aberrant origin of left coronary artery from the right sinus of Valsalva

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



This is a report on a child who, in the first decade of life, collapsed after effort and died suddenly. There was clinical evidence of acute myocardial ischaemia. At autopsy, a rare cause was found, viz. aberrant origin of the left coronary artery from the right sinus of Valsalva, which then coursed between the aorta and main pulmonary artery. The importance of recognising this congenital coronary artery abnormality is emphasised.

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