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Anomalous left brachiocephalic vein: CT findings.
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PMID:  1430437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eight cases of anomalous position of the left brachiocephalic vein were demonstrated by CT. Six coursed downward lateral to and below the aortic arch to enter the superior vena cava (SVC). Two cases were double left brachiocephalic veins. The superior branch was in the normal position, but the inferior vessel coursed below the aortic arch. Most of these subaortic left brachiocephalic veins enter the SVC at the same level or caudal to the azygous arch. Only two cases were associated with congenital heart disease. This anomalously positioned vessel is asymptomatic but must be distinguished from the pulmonary artery and persistent left SVC, especially when open heart surgery for cardiac malformations is being considered.
Y Takada; A Narimatsu; A Kohno; C Kawai; H Hara; A Harasawa; E Takahashi; A Shigeta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of computer assisted tomography     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0363-8715     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comput Assist Tomogr     Publication Date:    1992 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-12-16     Completed Date:  1992-12-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703942     Medline TA:  J Comput Assist Tomogr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  893-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Tokyo Women's Medical College, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Thoracic / radiography
Brachiocephalic Veins / abnormalities*,  radiography*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Veins / radiography
Subclavian Vein / radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
Vena Cava, Superior / abnormalities,  radiography

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