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Digital subtraction angiography, magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiographic findings in patients with an anomalous subaortic left brachiocephalic vein

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2008

Masaki Nii*
Affiliation:
Department of PediatricsSchool of MedicineUniversity of TokushimaTokushimaJapan
Suguru Matsuoka
Affiliation:
Department of PediatricsSchool of MedicineUniversity of TokushimaTokushimaJapan
Kazuhiro Mori
Affiliation:
Department of PediatricsSchool of MedicineUniversity of TokushimaTokushimaJapan
Yasunobu Hayabuchi
Affiliation:
Department of PediatricsSchool of MedicineUniversity of TokushimaTokushimaJapan
Katsuyoshi Tatara
Affiliation:
Department of PediatricsSchool of MedicineUniversity of TokushimaTokushimaJapan
Yasuhiro Kuroda
Affiliation:
Department of PediatricsSchool of MedicineUniversity of TokushimaTokushimaJapan
*
Masaki Nii, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Tokushima2-50-1 Kuramotochou, Tokushima City, Tokushima 770, Japan. Tel: 81-886-31-311;1 Fax: 81-886-31-8697

Abstract

We evaluated 6 patients with an anomalous subaortic left brachiocephalic vein. All cases were associated with some form of congenital heart disease: 4 patients had coexistent tetralogy of Fallot, one had congenitally corrected transposition, and the other an atrial septal defect with azygos connection of the inferior caval vein. Our incidence of an anomalous subaortic left brachiocephalic vein in patients with congenital heart diseases was 1.1% (6/527). It was observed in 4 out of 117 patients with tetralogy of Fallot (3.4%). Doppler echocardiography was useful in establishing the diagnosis. Furthermore, both digital subtraction angiography and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated well the anomalous course of the vein, and were useful in making an accurate diagnosis.

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Original Articles
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1997

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