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Vol 68, No 3 (2009)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2009-05-13
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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An interrupted inferior vena cava in a situs inversus: a case report and review of the literature

M. Loukas, D.R.G. Strike, R.S. Tubbs, N. Tarneja, M.M. Shoja
Folia Morphol 2009;68(3):184-187.

open access

Vol 68, No 3 (2009)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2009-05-13
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

Situs inversus with interrupted inferior vena cava is an uncommon anatomic variant found in the abdominal and thoracic viscera. In this report, we present a 59-year-old woman with this variation, found during gross anatomical dissection. While this type of variation has been variable, in the present case the hepatic veins drained directly into a very short (2.2 cm) inferior vena cava. The infrarenal component of the inferior vena cava was present and drained into the azygos and hemiazygos veins. Clinical considerations of this variant anatomy are of interest, as they may present in patients as pathology on cross sectional imaging.

Abstract

Situs inversus with interrupted inferior vena cava is an uncommon anatomic variant found in the abdominal and thoracic viscera. In this report, we present a 59-year-old woman with this variation, found during gross anatomical dissection. While this type of variation has been variable, in the present case the hepatic veins drained directly into a very short (2.2 cm) inferior vena cava. The infrarenal component of the inferior vena cava was present and drained into the azygos and hemiazygos veins. Clinical considerations of this variant anatomy are of interest, as they may present in patients as pathology on cross sectional imaging.
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Keywords

situs inversus; inferior vena cava; azygos vein; hemiazygos veins

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Title

An interrupted inferior vena cava in a situs inversus: a case report and review of the literature

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 68, No 3 (2009)

Pages

184-187

Published online

2009-05-13

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2009;68(3):184-187.

Keywords

situs inversus
inferior vena cava
azygos vein
hemiazygos veins

Authors

M. Loukas
D.R.G. Strike
R.S. Tubbs
N. Tarneja
M.M. Shoja

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