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Anomalous Aortic Origin of Coronary Arteries: Case Report of Unroofing With Coronary Re-Implantation Technique
Carlos Riera-Kinkel1*, David Roldan-Morales1, Martin Rosas-Peralta2, Gabriela Borrayo-Sánchez2, Alberto Ramirez-Castaneda1, Luis A. Moreno-Ruiz3, Yatsil Necoechea-Osuna3, Erick Ramirez-Arias4, Alberto Lopez-Gutierrez1,Jaime Salgado-Vazquez1, Sebastian Inzunza-Saldana5, Horacio Márquez-Gonzalez6, Lucelli Yanez-Gutierrrez6,and Guillermo Saturno-Chiu7
1Cardiothoracic Surgery Division. Cardiology Hospital, National Medical Center SXXI-IMSS, Mexico
2Programa “ A todo Corazon”, National Medical Center, SXXI-IMSS, México City, Mexico
3Cardiology Departament, Cardiology Hospital, National Medical Center SXXI-IMSS, México
4Emergency Room, Cardiology Hospital, National Medical Center SXXI-IMSS, Mexico
5Anesthesia Department, Cardiology Hospital, National Medical Center SXXI-IMSS, México
6Congenital Heart Disease Department, Cardiology Hospital, National Medical Center SXXI-IMSS, México
7General Director, Cardiology Hospital, National Medical Center SXXI-IMSS, México
*Corresponding author: Dr. Carlos Riera Kinkel, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hospital of Cardiology, National Medical Center Siglo XXI, IMSS, Cuauhtémoc 330, Col. Doctores, CP 06720, Mexico DF, Mexico, Tel: 56276900 ext 22195; E-mail: @
Received: February 15, 2019; Accepted: April 01, 2019; Published: April 19, 2019
Citation:Kinkel CR, Morales DR, Martin RP, Castañeda AR, et al. (2019)Anomalous Aortic Origin of Coronary Arteries: Case Report of Unroofing With Coronary Re-Implantation Technique. Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery 4(2):1-4. DOI: 10.15226/2573-864X/4/2/00157
Anomalous Aortic Origin of Coronary Arteries is a coronary disorder uncommon but occasionally lethal. The possibility of sudden death is the indication for surgery. We inform a case of a patient with anomalous aortic origin of right coronary artery which emerged from left sinus of Valsalva, cataloged as type III. He was previously treated by CBAG, however the bypass was occluded and therefore he was sent to our service. We made a correction using the unroofing technique. Unroofing technique is a reproducible technique with good results, ultimately solving the problem. The outcome was excellent, 6 months later he was reported asymptomatic.

Keywords: Anomalous Origin; Coronary Arteries; sudden death; México
Anomalous Aortic Origin of Coronary Arteries is a rare but potentially lethal condition. The incidence data in different series of autopsies oscillates between 0.03-0.3% of the population and reaches up to 25-32% in patients with sudden death [1, 2].

The anomalous origin can be classified as those who had origin from pulmonary artery or from opposite sinus aortic origin, those who had origin between the semilunar valves or those who had origin behind atria-ventricular valves [3]. For those cases who had origin in opposite sinus there are three types: type 1, retro-cardiac; type II, retro-aortic; Type III, precardiac or inter-arterial; Type IV, intra-septal; Type V pre-cardiac or pre-pulmonary(Figure 1) [4].

The mechanisms by which ischemia occurs are those related to the form of the aberrant ostium (fusiform or trench), those associated with the proximal path which may be intramural or interatrial with possible extrinsic compression which can lead to acute angulation and later to resume its normal course, Vasospasm and those relating to the possible secondary endothelial lesion to the turbulent flow [4, 5].

In the majority of cases the patients are asymptomatic, however, this anomaly can arise with pictures of Dyspnea and angina, to condition the appearance of acute infarct myocardium and even sudden death, in USA, it is accepted as the second leading cause of sudden death [4].
Clinical CaseTop
Female of 55 years old, she had hypertension history (15 years), pre-diabetes and dyslipidemia. Six years before this assessment, she had chest pain during exercise and she was diagnosed to have Anomalous Aortic Origin of Coronary Arteries because of she had right coronary artery origin in left coronary sinus and therefore a CBAG was performed with baypass of internal left mammary artery (Figure 2). Two years after she began with dyspnea and fatigue (Class III of NYHA) and one episode of syncope. Severe ischemia was documented in the inferior wall of left ventricle; angio-tomography demonstrated occlusion of previous bypass (Figure 3).

Therefore we decide to offer surgical handling with correction with unroofing technique, the procedure consists of unroofing of intra-arterial segment of the ostium of the right coronary artery, aortic tissue redundant, up to put a suitable lumen of the left coronary artery, where there is no angulation of the coronary artery, communicating both the procedure was performed without any complication. Patient was discharged in functional class I of NYHA (Figure 4, 5).
Figure 1:Diagram of possible trajectories of anomalous aortic origin of Coronary Arteries: Type I: retrocardiac; Type II: retro-aortic; Type III: interarterial;Type IV: prepulmonary
Figure 2:Catheterization. The origin of the CD from the opposite with a torn ostium sinus is shown, as well as a narrowing in its proximal portion to recover the normal route at the level of the right sinus
Figure 3:Angio-Tomography. Three-dimensional tomographic reconstruction where narrow sites can be seen in the right coronary artery
Figure 4:Incision through the aortic wall connecting the anomalous coronary artery lumen with the aortic lumen
Figure 5:Details of unroofing technique. In this case the ostium of right coronary was expanded and reinserted into aortic wall and then unroofing of the intramural segment was done
While the anomalous origin of the coronary arteries is uncommon, its potential lethality requires awareness of your presentation and forms of management. Those factors that indicate one increased risk of sudden death among which the interatrial journey (type III), the dominance of the anomalous coronary artery, the appearance of symptoms and patients with less have been described than 35 years of age [4]. Something that highlights the importance of this entity is the relative risk of sudden death, it is estimated that in athletes with coronary artery disease risk is 2.6, in those with cardiomyopathy, ventricular Arrhythmogenic reaches 5.4, but the relative risk of sudden death for anomalous origin of a coronary artery of an opposite breast is 79% [6].

In a review published by Shah et, al. with a 20-year follow-up found only 69 case reports of right coronary artery with anomalous origin of the left coronary sinus, where angina was the most frequent symptom, followed by sudden death and arrhythmia [7].

Medical management consists of monitoring, the promotion of a sedentary lifestyle and the administration of beta-blockers, which greatly limits the daily activities of many patients [4]. The surgical management alternatives include surgery, coronary artery bypass, coronary reimplantation and unroofing in its conventional form or modified (6.8). The review carried out by Shah et, al. found that 45 patients were subjected to surgical management being the most used revascularization [7]. Frommelt and his team published their experience to ten years with the use of unroofing technique in 27 patients, with an average follow-up of 1.8 years, with a maximum of 8.4 years, finding all asymptomatic patients and without restriction of activities [6].

Mainwaring et, al. published his experience of 76 cases of anomalous origin of coronary artery with 61% of cases with condition of the right coronary artery [9]. Unroofing technique was the most widely used (55 cases), followed by six years in which there were no deaths. Given the very high risk of sudden death that determines the anomalous origin of the coronary arteries the recommendation of surgical management should be in all cases. Although bypass surgery is more commonly used, as a procedure with which the majority of cardiovascular surgeons are familiar, the duration of a patent hemoducto is still a point against her.

Unroofing technique has shown good results, with a reproducible technique and that reduces the risk of bleeding associated with the reimplantation of coronary artery, being these two procedures that achieve a restoration of normal Anatomy and therefore offer best results in the medium and long term.
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