Education  |   September 2017
Isolated Persistent Left-sided Superior Vena Cava
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesia, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (D.S.S.); Department of Anesthesia (K.S.L., M.P., K.M.M.) and Department of Radiology (N.S.P.), Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Shafiepour: danielle.shafiepour@gmail.com
Article Information
Education / Images in Anesthesiology
Education   |   September 2017
Isolated Persistent Left-sided Superior Vena Cava
Anesthesiology 9 2017, Vol.127, 566. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001615
Anesthesiology 9 2017, Vol.127, 566. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001615
PERSISTENT left-sided superior vena cava (PLSVC) is a congenital cardiac anomaly, occurring in 0.3 to 0.5% of the population and even more frequently in patients with other congenital cardiac conditions.1,2  Typically the PLSVC drains into the right atrium via an enlarged coronary sinus, but occasionally drainage into the left atrium can occur.3  This image illustrates the rarer case of a PLSVC with concomitant absence of the right superior vena cava. The entire upper body venous drainage is through the PLSVC into an enlarged coronary sinus (left panel, SVC = superior vena cava).
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