Coronary Artery Emergencies in Children

Nazia Husain*, Michael Carr

*Corresponding author for this work

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Coronary artery issues are rare in children, leading to challenges for the pediatric emergency medicine practitioner. The differential diagnosis can be grouped into congenital or acquired coronary abnormalities. Congenital coronary anomalies leading to myocardial ischemia or aborted sudden cardiac death are most often due to an anomalous origin of a coronary artery. Acquired coronary artery disease is most commonly related to the sequelae of Kawasaki disease. Lastly, rare, specific patient populations are at higher risk for early coronary disease. This review discusses the most common pediatric causes of coronary artery events, providing an overview of the evaluation and management in an emergency department setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-372
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • Kawasaki disease
  • anomalous coronary artery origin
  • chest pain
  • congenital coronary artery anomaly
  • myocardial ischemia
  • sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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