Four patients with atherosclerotic disease were found to have a recanalized coronary arterial thrombus on angiography. The functional significance of this finding varied. In 2 cases, flow (judged by collaterals) was insignificant in spite of the recanalization. In the other 2, collateral supply had been shown to be absent during the initial stage of thrombosis. In one case, recanalization was confirmed pathologically.