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International Angiology 2010 August;29(4):385-8

Copyright © 2010 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Agenesis of the renal segment of inferior vena cava associated with venous stasis

Milio G., Corrado E., Novo S., Licata G., Pinto A.

1 Biomedical Department of Internal and Special Medicine (Di.Bi.M.I.S.), “P. Giaccone” University Hospital, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy; 2 Unit of Cardiovascular Diseases, post-graduate School of Cardiology & Master of Vascular Diseases, Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular and Nephro-Urological Diseases, “P. Giaccone” University Hospital, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy


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Congenital anomalies of the inferior vena cava is an extremely rare vascular anomaly with controversial pathogenesis. Anomalies of the inferior vena cava (IVC) are present in 0.3% to 0.5% of otherwise healthy individual and in 0.6% to 2% of patients with other cardiovascular defects. The phenomenon of absence of the IVC has been described in a variety of ways such as absence, agenesis, anomalous, and interruption of a particular segment ([infra] hepatic, prerenal, renal, or infrarenal) of the IVC. We describe a 42-year-old man with chronic venous insufficiency, without DVT, caused by congenital absence of renal segment of the IVC.

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