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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 238-239
Intracavitary course of right coronary artery


1 Department of Radiological Imaging, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Delhi - 110 054, India
2 Division of PET Imaging, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Delhi - 110 054, India

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Date of Web Publication24-Sep-2011
 

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Bansal A, D'souza MM, Tripathi RP. Intracavitary course of right coronary artery. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2011;21:238-9

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Bansal A, D'souza MM, Tripathi RP. Intracavitary course of right coronary artery. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2011 [cited 2019 Oct 21];21:238-9. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2011/21/3/238/85378
Dear Sir,

This is in context to a case report published in the Feb 2011 issue of the Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging titled, "Case Report: Intra-atrial course of right coronary artery: Evaluation by dual-source CT" by Johann Christopher and Chary Duraikannu. [1]

We too have encountered two similar cases. Both patients showed a right dominant circulation with normal origins of the left main (LM) artery and right coronary artery (RCA). The proximal RCA had a normal epicardial course between the pulmonary trunk and the right atrial appendage in both the patients. The segment 3 (modified AHA 17-segment model) of the RCA in one patient [Figure 1] and segment 2 in another patient [Figure 2] were seen to tunnel into the right atrium and continue their intracavitary course for lengths of 1.32 and 1.56 cm, respectively, before continuing their normal epicardial course and dividing into the posterior descending and posterolateral ventricular branches. The rest of the coronary arteries were normal.
Figure 1: Maximum intensity projection (MIP) image shows intracavitary course of segment 3 (arrow) of the RCA

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Figure 2: Maximum intensity projection (MIP) image shows intracavitary course of segment 2 (arrow) of the RCA

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Such cases are now being diagnosed with increasing frequency owing to the widespread use of coronary computed tomography angiography and its ability to simultaneously visualize the coronary arteries, cardiac chambers, and the surrounding soft tissues. [2],[3] The pick-up rate of this particular anomaly is bound to increase in the years to come.

 
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1.Christopher J, Duraikannu C. Case report: Intra-atrial course of right coronary artery: Evaluation by dual-source CT. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2011;21:57-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Renapurkar R, Desai M, Curtin RJ. Intracavitary course of the right coronary artery: An increasingly recognized anomaly by coronary computed tomography angiography. J Thorac Imaging 2010;25:W77-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Lee YS, Bastarrika G, Schoepf UJ. Intra-atrial course of the right coronary artery demonstrated at computed tomography coronary angiography. J Thorac Imaging 2010;25:W115-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Abhishek Bansal
Department of Radiological Imaging, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Delhi - 110 054
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.85378

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