Left anomalous brachiocephalic vein in a patient with right lung cancer

Ryota Nakamura, Inage Yoshihisa, Kenichi Iwasaki, Tetsuya Yumoto, Kenji Yuzawa, Hamaichi Ueki

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The left anomalous brachiocephalic vein is a rare anomaly without congenital heart disease. It is important to recognize this anomalous vein especially in patients with lung cancer because misinterpretation as a superior mediastinal lymph node enlargement may cause serious complications. We report a case of a 62-year-old lung cancer patient with left anomalous brachiocephalic vein, who underwent surgical treatment safely under video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery after confirmation of this anomaly on contrast-enhanced computed tomographic scan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-309
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Nakamura, R., Yoshihisa, I., Iwasaki, K., Yumoto, T., Yuzawa, K., & Ueki, H. (2013). Left anomalous brachiocephalic vein in a patient with right lung cancer. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 96(1), 307-309. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.11.030