Left sided inferior vena cava

Case contributed by Dr Arun Prasad B


Routine ultrasound abdomen as part of protocol for investigation of hypertension. Asymptomatic.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Left sided IVC

IVC is observed on the left side at its infrarenal traject, then it crosses over to the right side anterior to the aorta after uniting with the left renal vein. Suprarenal IVC is normal to the right atrium. Spectral imaging showing venous flow with respiratory phasicity.

Case Discussion

A left IVC (prevalence of 0.2%–0.5%) results from regression of the right supracardinal vein with persistence of the left supracardinal vein. 

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Case information

rID: 24804
Published: 13th Sep 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Vascular
Tag: variant
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