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Can We Better Understand the Known Variations in Coronary Arterial Anatomy?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Bob Anderson


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Coronary arterial anatomy is remarkably diverse. Identification of surgical risk factors, however, requires description in a uniform fashion. Such description mandates that account be given of both aortic sinusal origin and variability in aortopulmonary relationships. Currently, however, it is rare to find all this information provided either in clinical reports or published reviews. In this review, therefore, we summarize why both these features are important, emphasizing the marriage of convenience between the aortic root position within the cardiac base and the arrangement of the epicardial coronary arteries. The inductive approach accounts for all potential variations. (Ann Thorac Surg 2012;94:1751-60) (C) 2012 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chiu IS, Anderson RH

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Year: 2012

Volume: 94

Issue: 5

Pages: 1751-1760

Print publication date: 01/11/2012

ISSN (print): 0003-4975

ISSN (electronic): 1552-6259



DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.05.133