Document Type



Medical College Pakistan; Cardiothoracic Surgery


This study aims to assess the clinical presentation and the outcomes of a surgical correction of an anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). A retrospective review was carried out on the charts of six patients admitted for ALCAPA surgery at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi from March 2017 to May 2018.Dyspnoea, palpitation, poor feeding, fatiguability, pallor and a murmur of mitral regurgitation were the main presenting features. The pre-operative median left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was 64%. Coronary reimplantation was performed in all the patients with a mitral valve repair being done in only one patient. The mea n LV EF was 66 .3%,p ost- ope rativel y. Mitra l regurgitation (MR) improved in patients post-operatively with trace in 2 patients and mild MR in one. Surgical correction by coronary re-implantation yields favourable outcomes in ALCAPA and significantly reduces the morbidity and mortality rates associated with the disease.

Publication (Name of Journal)

JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association