Korean J Med.  2011 Jun;80(Suppl 2):S178-S182.

A Case of Aborted Sudden Cardiac Death during Exercise Associated with an Anomalous Origin of Right Coronary Artery

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, National Health Insurance Corporation Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jinbbai@khu.ac.kr


There are many causes of sudden cardiac arrest. The main cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) is coronary heart disease. However, the frequency of coronary heart disease is much lower in sudden cardiac arrest occurring below the age of 30-40. Congenital anomalous origin of the coronary arteries is a rare, but well-described, cause of myocardial ischemia and sudden death in young adults. Here, we report the case of a 23-year-old man with sudden cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation associated with an anomalous origin of the right coronary artery. The patient was diagnosed using multi-detector computed tomography and successfully treated with surgical correction.


Coronary vessel anomalies; Sudden cardiac death; Ventricular fibrillation

MeSH Terms

Coronary Disease
Coronary Vessel Anomalies
Coronary Vessels
Death, Sudden
Death, Sudden, Cardiac
Myocardial Ischemia
Ventricular Fibrillation
Young Adult
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