Coronary fistula from left main stem to main pulmonary artery.

Department of Cardiology, Laiko Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece.
The Journal of invasive cardiology (Impact Factor: 1.57). 11/2003; 15(10):600-1.
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ABSTRACT We describe a patient with a rare coronary arteriovenous fistula connecting the left main stem to the main pulmonary artery. This rare case was discovered during routine coronary angiography for the evaluation of the patient s coronary heart disease.

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