Symptoms & Signs
Symptoms of anomalous left coronary artery in an infant include:
* Crying or sweating during feeding
* Pale skin
* Poor feeding
* Rapid breathing
* Symptoms of pain or distress in the baby (often mistaken for colic)
Symptoms can appear within the first 2 months of the baby’s life.
Diagnosis & Tests
ALCAPA can be diagnosed in an infant. However, this defect may not be diagnosed until someone is a child or adult.
Signs of anomalous left coronary artery include:
* Abnormal heart rhythm
* Enlarged heart
* Heart murmur (rare)
* Rapid pulse
Tests for anomalous left coronary artery include:
* A test of the electrical activity in the heart (electrocardiogram)
* A special dye injected into the blood vessels of the heart to see their structure and position (arteriography)
* A thin tube (catheter) inserted in a blood vessel of the heart to measure blood pressure and oxygen levels (cardiac catheterization)
* Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
* Chest x-rays
* Ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram)
Reviewed By : David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.