Thymic vein on CT

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking

Presentation

MVA

Patient Data

Age: 34
Gender: Female
Modality: CT

The heart and great vessels are normal. No signs of aortic injury. There is contrast reflux from the opacified left brachiocephalic vein inferiorly into a thymic vein. No pericardial effusion or mediastinal haematoma. The lungs are clear apart from minor posterior atelectasis. No pleural effusion or pneumothorax. No sternal, rib or pectoral girdle fracture evident.

Case Discussion

Rarely do you see a thymic vein large enough to opacify on a CT.

Thymic veins are known tributaries of the left brachiocephalic vein.

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Case Information

rID: 37685
Case created: 18th Jun 2015
Last edited: 3rd Sep 2015
Systems: Chest, Vascular
Tag: thymus
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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