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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1780909, 5 pages
Case Report

Left-Sided Upper Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return through a Curved Vein Joining the Left Brachiocephalic Vein

1Department of Radiology, Policlinico di Bari, Bari, Italy
2Department of Radiology, P.O. San Paolo, Bari, Italy
3Department of Radiology, C.B.H. Mater Dei, Bari, Italy

Received 2 May 2016; Accepted 18 September 2016

Academic Editor: Atsushi Komemushi

Copyright © 2016 Eleonora Tricarico et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The evaluation of pulmonary veins during cross-sectional imaging of the chest and the knowledge of their embryology and anatomy are useful for detecting congenital conditions that may be clinically significant. Moreover, with the spread of cross-sectional imaging it is very frequent to find anatomical variants; therefore the radiologist should easily recognize their appearances. This case report shows a left-side upper partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR) through a “curved” vein that joins the left brachiocephalic vein, in a female patient who underwent whole-body computed tomography (CT) for staging endometrial cancer. This was an incidental finding, not related to any symptoms; however, we explain the anatomical aspects of this abnormality within the congenital condition of PAPVR and its possible clinical relevance.