Pectus Excavatum With Inferior Ischemia in Right Lateral Position
A 56-year-old woman with pectus excavatum presented with a 2-year history of increasing chest pain only while she was lying on her right side. The ECG showed ST-segment elevation in inferior leads (A) when the patient was in the right lateral position and became normal when she turned onto her back. A CT of the thorax (B) showed the funnel-chest deformity and severe sternal depression, with close contact to the proximal part of the ascending aorta. Coronary angiography showed no coronary artery disease or any abnormality in supine position (D), but revealed proximal compression of the right coronary artery only when the patient lay on her right side (C).
Surgical treatment with repair of the chest deformity was successfully performed and made the patient angina free.
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