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Left superior vena cava: A pitfall in computed tomographic diagnosis with surgical implications

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
50
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0003-4975(90)90211-n
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract We report 2 cases in which computed tomography of the mediastinum demonstrated an abnormality originally misinterpreted as lymphadenopathy but subsequently shown to represent a left superior vena cava. Misinterpretation may result in errors in optimum treatment and may complicate surgical exploration of the mediastinum. These 2 cases are presented to remind radiologists and surgeons of the possibility of this unusual anatomy.

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