Supracardiac TAPVD

Case contributed by Dr Praveen Jha


A 12 year old presented with history of shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 12
Gender: Male

Both pulmonary veins are draining directly into a vertical vein via a common chamber, and ultimately draining into SVC.

Case Discussion

Anomalous drainage of pulmonary veins is seen, with right and left pulmonary veins draining into a common chamber, draining into the vertical vein, joining the innominate vein, and ultimately draining into a dilated superior vena cava.

As it is a supracardiac Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous connection, a large atrial septal defect can be seen for draining into left atrium. No direct connection between pulmonary veins and left atrium is seen.

Diagnosis was confirmed intra-operatively, however surgery was abandoned due to the inherent risk of ligating the markedly dilated innominate vein.

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Case information

rID: 16080
Published: 17th Dec 2011
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Cardiac
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