Non-atherosclerotic coronary pathology causing sudden death

Fabio De Giorgio, Giuseppe Vetrugno, Arnaldo Capelli, Vincenzo Arena, Antonio Abbate

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Coronary atherosclerosis is responsible for >50% of all cases of sudden death and for 90% of sudden coronary death. Four cases encountered in routine autopsy evaluation at our institute in 2004 in which non-atherosclerotic coronary pathology was responsible for sudden cardiac death are reported. The cases of a 31-year-old man with epicardial coronary arteritis, a 57-year-old man with intramyocardial vasculitis, a 45-year-old woman with spontaneous coronary dissection and a 50-year-old man with vascular fibrosis are described. Searching for non-atherosclerotic coronary disease is relevant for both the clinician and the pathologist to prevent coronary causes of sudden death going unrecognised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Non-atherosclerotic coronary pathology
  • sudden death


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