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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2012 Mar;33(1):107-9. doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31820f153e.

Circumflex artery from the right coronary sinus: a not-so-benign anomaly.

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  • 1Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus, 1840 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, USA.


The origin of the circumflex coronary artery from the right sinus of Valsalva is generally considered a benign anomaly. Herein we report the sudden unexpected death of a 6-year-old boy who died after jumping into a swimming pool and whose only pathologic finding was this usually inconsequential coronary artery anomaly. A discussion of the pathophysiology of the disorder and a literature review are included. This is the youngest patient to die with this entity.

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