Chronic cyanosis due to persistent left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium in the absence of a coronary sinus

Aura Sanchez Mejia, Himanshu Singh, Sanjeev Bhalla, Gautam K. Singh

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Abstract

We report a rare case of a 5-year-old child who presented with chronic hypoxemia and a normal cardiac examination, and was found to have a persistent left superior vena cava draining directly into the left atrium. The coronary sinus was absent. This case introduces a contradiction to the generally accepted concept that this anomalous connection can only occur in the presence of a partly or completely unroofed coronary sinus. High index of suspicion is required to include this pathology in the differential diagnosis for a patient with persistent cyanosis with normal cardiac examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1514-1516
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Cardiology
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • Left atrium
  • Left superior vena cava

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