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Persistence of the hepatic venous plexus with underdevelopment of the inferior caval vein: implications in the management of complex congenital heart disease

  • Gordon Gladman (a1), Ian Adatia (a1) and Robert M. Freedom (a1)

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We report two cases with persistence of the hepatic venous complex, underdevelopment of the inferior caval vein and azygos continuation to the superior caval vein. We suggest that the hepatic venous complex is a true congenital malformation rather than the result of passive enlargement of venous channels subsequent to high venous pressures. Preoperative diagnosis is important in patients with complex congenital heart disease undergoing palliative venous redirection procedures if a postoperative right-to-left shunt and cyanosis are to be avoided.

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Dr. Ian Adatia, Division of Cardiology, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555, University Avenue, Toronto, Canada, M5G 1X8. Tel: 416-813-6140, Fax. 416-813-7547

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Persistence of the hepatic venous plexus with underdevelopment of the inferior caval vein: implications in the management of complex congenital heart disease

  • Gordon Gladman (a1), Ian Adatia (a1) and Robert M. Freedom (a1)

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