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Unique levoatriocardinal veins in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact atrial septum

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 September 2017

Chiaki Iida
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Japan Community Healthcare Organization Kyushu Hospital, Kitakyushu, Japan
Jun Muneuchi*
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Japan Community Healthcare Organization Kyushu Hospital, Kitakyushu, Japan
Mamie Watanabe
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, Japan Community Healthcare Organization Kyushu Hospital, Kitakyushu, Japan
*
Correspondence to: J. Muneuchi, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Japan Community Healthcare Organization Kyushu Hospital, 1-8-1, Kishinoura, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 806-8501, Japan. Tel: +81 93 641 5111; Fax: +81 93 642 1868; E-mail: jmune@msn.com

Abstract

We had two cases of neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact atrial septum who had unique levoatriocardinal veins. Contrast-enhanced CT and angiography revealed that previously unknown communicating vessels ran from the top of the left atrium and drained into the right atrium. We emphasise that transcatheter atrial septostomy should be performed not through these communicating vessels but using the trans-septal approach in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and an intact atrial septum.

Type
Brief Report
Copyright
© Cambridge University Press 2017 

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