Coronary artery vasculitis: assessment with cardiac multi-detector computed tomography

Chang Ho Jeon, Yeo Koon Kim, Eun Ju Chun, Jeong A. Kim, Hwan-Seok Yong, Kyung Won Doo, Sang Il Choi

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Abstract

Coronary artery vasculitis is rare and comprises an array of inflammatory diseases. It often results in severe and life-threatening complications, including coronary artery aneurysm, coronary artery stenosis, intraluminal thrombosis, and microcirculation abnormalities. These may occur at a young age and are often silent in the early phases. Invasive coronary angiography is the gold standard for diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD); however, multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) is now widely regarded as a powerful non-invasive tool for the detection of CAD. It is important for clinicians to recognize the various CT findings associated with coronary artery vasculitis in order to promote accurate diagnosis and proper patient management. The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the conditions associated with coronary artery vasculitis, with an emphasis on etiology and cardiac MDCT diagnosis of CAD. Cardiac MDCT is clinically useful and can provide information for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of coronary vasculitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-67
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 12

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Keywords

  • Cardiac imaging
  • Coronary artery vasculitis
  • Multi-detector CT
  • Non-atherosclerotic coronary artery disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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