Congenital absence of inferior vena cava as a rare cause of pulmonary thromboembolism

Byoung Chul Cho, Hye Jin Choi, Seok Min Kang, Joon Chang, Sun Min Lee, Dong Gyu Yang, Yong Kuk Hong, Dong Hyung Lee, Yong Won Lee, Sung Kyu Kim

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Interruption of the inferior vena cava IVC) with azygos continuation is an uncommon vascular anomaly that results from aberrant development during embryogenesis. We report a rare case of this anomaly, presenting with massive pulmonary embolism. Subsequent evaluation with abdominal CT scan revealed the congenital absence of retrohepatic IVC. The patient was successfully treated with anticoagulation. When deep venous thrombosis (DVT) develops in patients with no apparent risk factors, the presence of congenital IVC anomalies should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-951
Number of pages5
JournalYonsei medical journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct 31

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  • Medicine(all)


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