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Am J Med Sci. 2006 Aug;332(2):79-84. doi: 10.1097/00000441-200608000-00005.

Coronary artery fistulae.

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1
Department of Internal Medicine, Coastal AHEC/University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Wilmington, North Carolina.. Electronic address: lan.luo@coastalahec.org.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, Coastal AHEC/University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Wilmington, North Carolina.
3
Division of Cardiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Abstract

Coronary artery fistulae are abnormal communications between a coronary artery and a cardiac chamber or major vessel (vena cava, pulmonary veins, pulmonary artery). They are usually diagnosed by coronary arteriography. Clinical presentations are variable depending on the type of fistula, shunt volume, site of the shunt, and presence of other cardiac conditions. In this article, we review the literature regarding etiology, incidence, clinical manifestation, image studies, and management.

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