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Right top pulmonary vein: evaluation with 64 section multidetector computed tomography.
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PMID:  17703907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence and anatomic features of the rare variant of the pulmonary veins named "right top pulmonary vein" as depicted with 64 section multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: MDCT of 610 patients obtained over 12 months period for diagnosis of suspected thoracic or cardiac pathology were routinely reviewed in transverse and 3D images. The frequency of right top pulmonary vein (RTPV) was determined and anatomic features were also documented. RESULTS: Right top pulmonary vein (RTPV) is a supernumerary vein arising from the roof of the right part of the left atrium separately from the orifice of the right superior pulmonary vein. It crosses behind the intermediate bronchus and drains mainly posterior segment of the right upper lobe but also receives few subsegmental branches of superior segment of the right lower lobe. It was detected in 2.2% of patients (14/610). The mean diameter of RTPV was 5.1 mm. CONCLUSION: The RTPV is a rare venous drainage variation of pulmonary veins. It is important to be aware of this anatomic pattern for avoiding misinterpretation of pulmonary venographic findings, inadvertent ablation of pulmonary vein and perioperative bleeding during video assisted thorocoscopic lobectomy.
Gokhan Arslan; Elvan Dincer; Adnan Kabaalioglu; Can Ozkaynak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of radiology     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0720-048X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Radiol     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-14     Completed Date:  2009-01-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106411     Medline TA:  Eur J Radiol     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  300-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Akdeniz University, Faculty of Medicine, Dumlupinar Bulvari, Arapsuyu, Antalya, Turkey. <>
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
Imaging, Three-Dimensional
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Veins / abnormalities*,  radiography*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*

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