Incidental infundibular pulmonary stenosis and left sided superior vena cava

Case contributed by Dr Jayanth Keshavamurthy


A 34 year old South west Asian male was referred to our institution for further evaluation of a pulmonary murmur seen on TTE for TEE and Cardiac MRI. There was no VSD.

Patient Data

Age: 33
Gender: Male

Is this pulmonic or subpulmonic stenosis?

There is severe right ventricular hypertrophy, asymmetric hypertrophy of the RV free wall-RVOT region causing significant sub pulmonic stenosis (infundibular pulmonic stenosis).   There is no right ventricular dilatation. There is no tricuspid regurgitation. The free wall of the right ventricle measures 9 mm, normally it is less than 4 mm. In the sub infundibular region it is thickened to 15 mm. The right ventricular mass is between 70 to 95 g.

There is dephasing seen across the RVOT from the sub-pulmonic stenosis. However phase contrast and delayed post contrastwas not completed due to patient noncooperation. There is post stenotic dilatation of the main pulmonary artery.


What is the vessel posterior to left atrium?

See left SVC draining into coronary sinus and then right atrium.

Recommend Cardiac MRI for further definition of RVOT stenosis.

  • Left ventricular systolic function is normal.
  • There is subpulmonic/infundibular pulmonic stenosis. On outside TTE, peak gradient 4.69m/s. Peak velocity on TEE 3.31 m/s, peak gradient 44 mmHg.
  • No VSD identified.
  • There is trace aortic regurgitation. There is mild mitral regurgitation. There is mild tricuspid regurgitation.

Case Discussion

Isolated infundibular pulmonic stenosis is an uncommon cardiac abnormality, with a reported incidence of 0.4% of patients with congenital heart disease. There is a duplicated SVC system without a bridging innominate vein draining via the coronary sinus to the  right atrium.

Cardiac MRI could confirm the isolated subvalvular infundibular stenosis seen on echo and TEE. Unfortunately patient has been lost to follow up. He needs surgical correction and if not will eventually develop right heart failure.

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Case information

rID: 44210
Published: 11th Apr 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Cardiac, Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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