CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 454–456 | Cite as

Brain Abscess Associated with Isolated Left Superior Vena Cava Draining into the Left Atrium in the Absence of Coronary Sinus and Atrial Septal Defect

  • Ilknur ErolEmail author
  • I. Ilker Cetin
  • Füsun Alehan
  • Birgül Varan
  • Süleyman Ozkan
  • A. Muhtesem Agildere
  • Kursad Tokel


A previously healthy 12-year-old girl presented with severe headache for 2 weeks. On physical examination, there was finger clubbing without apparent cyanosis. Neurological examination revealed only papiledema without focal neurologic signs. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed the characteristic features of brain abscess in the left frontal lobe. Cardiologic workup to exclude a right-to-left shunt showed an abnormality of the systemic venous drainage: presence of isolated left superior vena cava draining into the left atrium in the absence of coronary sinus and atrial septal defect. This anomaly is rare, because only a few other cases have been reported.


Brain abscess Persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilknur Erol
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. Ilker Cetin
    • 2
  • Füsun Alehan
    • 1
  • Birgül Varan
    • 2
  • Süleyman Ozkan
    • 3
  • A. Muhtesem Agildere
    • 4
  • Kursad Tokel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology UnitBaskent University Faculty of MedicineTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology UnitBaskent University Faculty of MedicineTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryBaskent University Faculty of MedicineTurkey
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyBaskent University Faculty of MedicineTurkey

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