Thymic vein on CT

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking



Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female

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
Published: 18th Jun 2015
Last edited: 27th Sep 2017
System: Chest, Vascular
Tag: thymus
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