Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 181, Issue 3, pp 325–327 | Cite as

Giant coronary aneurysm in adult Kawasaki disease: angiographic, 64-slice coronary MDCT and cardiac MRI appearances

  • R. MartosEmail author
  • S. Walsh
  • C. McCreery
  • J. D. Dodd
Case Report



Kawasaki disease is a small-to-medium-vessel vasculitis that preferentially affects infants and young children. This condition is rare in adults, and therefore the diagnosis can easily be missed in a patient presenting to a primary care clinic. We report an unusual case of a patient who presented with ventricular fibrillation on a background of adult Kawasaki disease.


To identify the advantages of using coronary multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing adult Kawasaki disease.


We studied a 52-year-old patient with Kawasaki disease using coronary angiography, cardiac MDCT and MRI.


Invasive coronary angiography demonstrated an occluded right coronary artery (RCA) and appearances suspicious for a calcified giant RCA aneurysm. The full extent of the aneurismal RCA was depicted with MDCT. Cardiac MRI revealed a chronic inferior segment myocardial infarction representing an arrhythmia substrate.


Our case highlights the increasing utility of contrast-enhanced cardiac MRI and MDCT in the diagnosis of this rare condition in adults.


Kawasaki disease Multidetector computed tomography Magnetic resonance imaging 


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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiac CT/MRI Program, Department of CardiologySt. Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySt. Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland

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