A 39.2-kg, castrated male Yucatan minipig (Sus scrofa domestica) was presented for enrollment in a coronary artery study. Angiography revealed an anomalous right coronary artery originating from the left sinus of Valsalva. The left anterior descending, left circumflex, and anomalous right coronary arteries were implanted with metallic stents without complications. The minipig remained on the study for 3 mo until it reached its predetermined study endpoint, during which time it showed no clinical signs of disease. Histologic examination of the implanted coronary arteries revealed no differences between the normal (left anterior descending and left circumflex arteries) and the anomalous right coronary artery. Swine are important models for coronary research. Although several cases of anomalous human coronary arteries have been documented, the current case is the first report of a coronary artery anomaly in a minipig. Copyright 2012 by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Comparative Medicine
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Matthews, K. A., Gogas, B., Sumida, A., Nagai, H., King, S., III, Chronos, N., & Hou, D. (2012). Anomalous right coronary artery originating from the left sinus of Valsalva in a Yucatan minipig. Comparative Medicine, 62(2), 127–130. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/83978