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Right superior caval vein draining into the left atrium—diagnosis by color flow mapping

  • Luis E. Alday (a1), Hector Maisuls (a1) and Roberto De Rossi (a1)

Abstract

We report two female patients, one aged four years and the other a newborn, referred for evaluation of cyanosis with otherwise normal cardiovascular findings, who proved to have the right superior caval vein draining into the morphologically left atrium. In both patients, the diagnosis was made by color flow mapping. The older child underwent catheterization and subsequent successful surgical correction. A right superior caval vein draining into the left atrium, although very rare, should always be considered a diagnostic possibility in the presence of cyanosis and normal clinical findings. Color flow mapping is an excellent method with which to make the diagnosis.

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Dr. Luis E. Alday, Division of Cardiology, Hospital de Niños, Boulevard Chacabuco 1016, 5000 Cordoba, Argentina. Tel. (051) 60-6920; Fax. (54)51-68-8272.

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Right superior caval vein draining into the left atrium—diagnosis by color flow mapping

  • Luis E. Alday (a1), Hector Maisuls (a1) and Roberto De Rossi (a1)

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