Coronary artery aneurysm

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Coronary Angiography


General Principles

Historical Perspective
Appropriate Use Criteria for Revascularization
Film Quality

Anatomy & Projection Angles

Normal Anatomy

Coronary arteries
Right System
Left System
Left Main
Left Anterior Descending
Median Ramus

Anatomic Variants

Separate Ostia
Anomalous Origins
Case Example

Projection Angles

Standard Views
Left Coronary Artery
Right Coronary Artery

Epicardial Flow & Myocardial Perfusion

Epicardial Flow

TIMI Frame Count
TIMI Flow Grade
TIMI Grade 0 Flow
TIMI Grade 1 Flow
TIMI Grade 2 Flow
TIMI Grade 3 Flow
TIMI Grade 4 Flow
Pulsatile Flow

Myocardial Perfusion

TIMI Myocardial Perfusion Grade
TMP Grade 0
TMP Grade 0.5
TMP Grade 1
TMP Grade 2
TMP Grade 3

Lesion Complexity

ACC/AHA Lesion-Specific Classification of the Primary Target Stenosis

Preprocedural Lesion Morphology

Intimal Flap
Sawtooth Pattern
Ostial location
Proximal tortuosity
Degenerated SVG
Total occlusion
Coronary Artery Thrombus
TIMI Thrombus Grade
TIMI Thrombus Grade 0
TIMI Thrombus Grade 1
TIMI Thrombus Grade 2
TIMI Thrombus Grade 3
TIMI Thrombus Grade 4
TIMI Thrombus Grade 5
TIMI Thrombus Grade 6

Lesion Morphology

Quantitative Coronary Angiography
Definitions of Preprocedural Lesion Morphology
Irregular Lesion
Disease Extent
Arterial Foreshortening
Infarct Related Artery
Degenerated SVG

Left ventriculography

Quantification of LV Function
Quantification of Mitral Regurgitation

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Cafer Zorkun, M.D., Ph.D. [2]; Varun Kumar, M.B.B.S. [3]

Synonyms and keywords: CAA, coronary artery ectasia


Coronary artery aneurysm is an abnormal dilatation of a coronary artery segment over 1.5 times the diameter of normal adjacent segment.[1] An aneurysm can be classified as either saccular (wider than it is long) or fusiform (elongated). Coronary artery aneurysm must be differentiated from coronary artery ectasia; in fact, coronary artery ectasia is a localized arterial dilatation that is graded according to the size of the dilatation in comparison to the normal artery diameter located anywhere in the culprit artery. A coronary artery ectasia is considered as an aneurysm when the coronary artery dilatation is 1.5 times the normal artery diameter located anywhere in the culprit artery.

Grading System

A localized arterial widening (dilatation) that usually manifests itself as a bulge. Its presence may lead to weakening of the wall and eventual rupture.

Grade 0

None – no ectasia present.

Grade 1

Ectasia – visual assessment of ectasia >1 & < 1.5 times the normal artery diameter located anywhere in the culprit artery.

Grade 2

Aneurysm – visual assessment of an aneurysm > 1.5 times the normal artery diameter located anywhere in the culprit artery.

Shown below are an animated image and a static image depicting an aneurysm in the left coronary artery. Outlined in yellow in the image on the right is the localized aneurysm which is a dilatation of the coronary artery segment >1.5 times the diameter of the adjacent segments on the LCA.

Left coronary artery aneurysm Left coronary artery aneurysm


Epidemiology and Demographics

  • The incidence of CAA ranges widely between 0.3-5.3% within angiographic series with a mean incidence of 1.65%.[4] A highest incidence of 10-12% was reported in a study from India. Perhaps reflecting a specific genetic and/or environmental predisposition.[5]
  • CAA of left main artery or triple-vessel CAA are rare.[6]


Coronary artery aneurysm has a good prognosis.[8]


It is often found coincidentally on coronary angiography.[8]


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  3. Fukazawa R, Ikegam E, Watanabe M; et al. (2007). "Coronary artery aneurysm induced by Kawasaki disease in children show features typical senescence". Circ. J. 71 (5): 709–15. PMID 17456996. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  4. Hartnell GG, Parnell BM, Pridie RB (1985). "Coronary artery ectasia. Its prevalence and clinical significance in 4993 patients". Br Heart J. 54 (4): 392–5. PMC 481917. PMID 4052280.
  5. Sharma SN, Kaul U, Sharma S, Wasir HS, Manchanda SC, Bahl VK; et al. (1990). "Coronary arteriographic profile in young and old Indian patients with ischaemic heart disease: a comparative study". Indian Heart J. 42 (5): 365–9. PMID 2086442.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Villines TC, Avedissian LS, Elgin EE (2005). "Diffuse nonatherosclerotic coronary aneurysms: an unusual cause of sudden death in a young male and a literature review". Cardiol Rev. 13 (6): 309–11. PMID 16230889.
  7. Swaye PS, Fisher LD, Litwin P, Vignola PA, Judkins MP, Kemp HG; et al. (1983). "Aneurysmal coronary artery disease". Circulation. 67 (1): 134–8. PMID 6847792.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Pahlavan PS, Niroomand F (2006). "Coronary artery aneurysm: a review". Clin Cardiol. 29 (10): 439–43. PMID 17063947. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)

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