Fistulous connection between internal mammary graft and pulmonary vasculature after coronary artery bypass grafting: a rare cause of continuous murmur

Guray U., Guray Y., Ozbakir C., YILMAZ M. B., Sasmaz H., Korkmaz S.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY, vol.96, no.3, pp.489-492, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Letter
  • Volume: 96 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2003.05.035
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.489-492
  • Keywords: coronary artery bypass grafting, internal mammary artery, fistula, continuous murmur, LUNG PARENCHYMA FISTULA
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


A 58-year-old male who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using left internal mammary artery and a sequential saphenous vein graft 2 years ago presented with new onset angina. His initial physical examination revealed an unexpected continuous murmur over the left sternal border, and two-dimensional echocardiography has failed to identy the cause. Cardiac catheterization then performed and revealed patent left internal mammary artery and saphenous vein grafts. Besides, selective injection of the left internal mammary artery graft also showed a fistula formation between left internal mammary artery graft and pulmonary vasculature of the left upper lobe. He was managed conservatively because of the severely diseased left anterior descending artery distal to internal mammary artery anastomosis and low pulmonary artery pressure. The development of fistulous connection between internal mammary artery and pulmonary vasculature is an extremely rare complication following CABG. Patients with such fistulae usually present with chest pain due to coronary steal syndrome. A new heart sound, especially a continuous murmur, may be detected during, physical examination. Surgical correction is indicated in the event of refractory angina, growing fistula causing heart failure or endarteritis. Otherwise, a conservative approach with instruction of the patient for prophylactic precautions of subacute bacterial endocarditis may be recommended for asymptomatic patients. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.