Isolated right coronary lesion and anterolateral papillary muscle rupture - case report and review of the literature
1 Cardiac Surgery Department, ACIBADEM Sistina Clinical Center, Skupi 5a, Skopje, 1000, Macedonia
2 Hillel-Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel
3 University Clinic of Cardiology, Medical Faculty, Skopje, Macedonia
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012, 7:75 doi:10.1186/1749-8090-7-75Published: 16 August 2012
Ischemic rupture of the anterolateral papillary muscle is uncommon due to its dual blood supply. It usually follows an ischemic event involving branches of the left circumflex or left anterior descending arteries. We present a case of a patient admitted with an acute inferior wall myocardial infarction and an isolated distal right coronary artery occlusion. Acute mitral regurgitation with rupture of the anterolateral papillary muscle was diagnosed on the fifth post-infarction day. The patient underwent mitral valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting to the posterior descending artery. We conclude that anterolateral papillary muscle rupture may also result from an isolated right coronary lesion.