Detection of persistent left superior vena cava by two-dimensional contrast echocardiography.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

One hundred seventy adult patients with possible congenital or valvular heart disease underwent contrast two-dimensional echocardiographic examination as part of a precatheterization evaluation. Persistent left superior vena cava was detected in 5 patients, each of whom demonstrated an abnormally large coronary sinus. Injection of echocardiographic contrast material from a peripheral left arm vein resulted in early opacification of this structure before other right-side chambers, thus suggesting abnormal venous drainage. Persistent left superior vena cava was confirmed in all 5 patients at the time of catheterization and/or surgery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stewart, JA; Fraker, TD; Slosky, DA; Wise, NK; Kisslo, JA

Published Date

  • October 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 357 - 360

PubMed ID

  • 114540

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-2751

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jcu.1870070506


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States