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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 April;43(2):241-3
The right retroperitoneal approach on abdominal aortic aneurysm with an isolated left-sided inferior vena cava. Report of a case
Nishimoto M., Hasegawa S., Asada K., Furubayashi K., Sasaki S.
From the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Osaka Medical College Takatsuki City, Osaka, Japan
We report herein the case of a 78-year-old man found to have abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with an isolated left-sided inferior vena cava (IVC). The patient was admitted to our hospital to undergo surgery for the AAA. The computed tomography revealed the sacular aneurysm of the infrarenal abdominal aorta (60×40 mm) and right common iliac aneurysm (30×30 mm). At the same time the left sided IVC was found by the CT. This IVC (13 mm wide) ascended 76 mm, dorsally to the ureter, the left side of the AAA from the right common iliac artery to the left renal artery. We performed aneurysmectomy and 20 mm knitted Dacron bifurcating graft replacement by the right retroperitoneal approach without manipulating the left-sided IVC. The procedure was completed without incident and the patient has continued to do well.