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Echocardiographic identification of the oblique vein of the left atrium: its relationship to the persistent left superior caval vein.

Authors
  • Linhares, Renata R
  • Suaide Silva, Carlos E
  • Monaco, Claudia G
  • Ferreira, Luiz D Cortez
  • Gil, Manuel A
  • Ortiz, Juarez
  • Anderson, Robert H
  • Aiello, Vera D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiology in the Young
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2010
Volume
20
Issue
3
Pages
269–274
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1047951109991466
PMID: 20416136
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Thus far, little has been written concerning echocardiographic identification of the oblique vein of the left atrium, or Marshall's vein. There is much discussion, nonetheless, on the potential significance of the vein, or its ligamentous remnant, as an arrhythmic substrate. We describe here four patients in whom transthoracic echocardiography revealed a venous structure protruding within the cavity of the left atrium. We discuss the possibility that these structures represent Marshall's vein, albeit probably as part of a persistent left superior caval vein.

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