Surgical angioplasty of the left main coronary artery: Follow-up with magnetic resonance imaging

Briffa, Norman, Clark, Stephen, Kugan, G., Coulden, Richard, Wallwork, John and Nashef, Samer (1996) Surgical angioplasty of the left main coronary artery: Follow-up with magnetic resonance imaging. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 62 (2). pp. 550-552. ISSN 0003 4975

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Abstract

Background.
Ostial stenosis of the left main coronary artery is a serious condition with a dismal prognosis. The treatment is surgical, with the two viable options being coronary artery bypass grafting and surgical angioplasty of the left main coronary artery.

Methods.
We describe the use of surgical angioplasty to treat 3 patients (2 women and 1 man) with left main ostial stenosis using the posterior approach. Patency of the angioplasty was demonstrated subsequently with magnetic resonance imaging.

Results.
All 3 patients were free of angina 12, 18, and 24 months after operation. Magnetic resonance imaging scans in all 3 patients demonstrated the widely patent left main coronary artery.

Conclusions.
Surgical angioplasty is an effective alternative to coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with left main ostial stenosis. Magnetic resonance imaging is an excellent noninvasive method for monitoring the patency of the left main coronary artery.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 11:32
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22253

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