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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2009, Article ID 152164, 2 pages
Case Report

Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava and Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return in an Old Asymptomatic Female Patient

1Department of Cardiology, Kocaeli University Medical Faculty, Umuttepe Yerleskesi, 41380 Kocaeli, Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, Nevsehir State Hospital, 50300 Nevsehir, Turkey

Received 31 May 2009; Accepted 15 September 2009

Academic Editor: Chim C. Lang

Copyright © 2009 Tayfun Sahin 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.


Persistent left superior vena cava is a rare congenital venous anomaly. It results from failure of closure of the left anterior cardinal vein during cardiac development. It is usually asymptomatic but can be associated with other congenital cardiac defects including atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, endocardial cushion defects, tetralogy of Fallot and rhythm disturbances. PLSVC should be considered in the presence of a dilated coronary sinus on transthoracic echocardiography. The diagnosis can be made when injection of contrast in left antecubital vein results in enhancement of the dilated coronary sinus before right atrium. MRI, CT-scan and catheterisation can be used to confirm the diagnosis.