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Life threatening coronary artery spasm in childhood Kimura's disease


A 13 year old boy is described with hypereosinophilia associated with Kimura's disease, who showed repeated life threatening syncopal attacks during daily activities or at rest. Coronary arteriography demonstrated small aneurysms with irregular vessel walls of both coronary arteries, and the absence of organic stenotic lesions. Infusion of a minimal dose of ergonovine into the right coronary artery induced severe spasm of the vessel. Ventricular fibrillation recurred even after administration of nifedipine and isosorbide was started, but was completely inhibited by prednisolone.

  • coronary vasospasm
  • hypereosinophilia
  • Kimura's disease
  • ventricular tachyarrhythmia

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