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Case report


Levoatriocardinal Vein: An Unusual Cause of Right-to-Left Shunting.

Nilima ShetPierre Maldjian
Department of Radiology, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Date of Submission: 14-Sep-2014, Date of Acceptance: 10-Nov-2014, Date of Web Publication: 29-Nov-2014.
Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Nilima Shet

55 Oak Terrace, Hillsborough, New Jersey - 08844, United States.
E-mail: shetni@njms.rutgers.edu

Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Nilima Shet

55 Oak Terrace, Hillsborough, New Jersey - 08844, United States.
E-mail: shetni@njms.rutgers.edu

DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.145907 Facebook Twitter Google Linkedin

ABSTRACT


We present a case demonstrating an anomalous vessel connecting the left brachiocephalic vein and the left superior pulmonary vein, found incidentally on computed tomography (CT) imaging. This pulmonary-systemic venous connection, known as a levoatriocardinal vein, is a rare anomaly. In previous descriptions, this vessel has typically been associated with left-to-right shunt. Here, we describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT findings in a case with right-to-left shunting through the anomalous vessel likely secondary to elevated right cardiac pressure.
Keywords: Computed Tomography, Levoatriocardinal Vein, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection, Right-to-left Shunt

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