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Title: Late presentation and successful treatment of classical scimitar syndrome
Authors: Grech, Victor E.
Xuereb, R.
Xuereb, M.
Manche, Alexander
Schembri, K.
DeGiovanni, Joseph V.
Keywords: Heart defects, Congenital
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Images in Paediatric Cardiology
Citation: Images in Paediatric Cardiology. 2003, Vol.5(3), p. 49-62
Abstract: Scimitar syndrome is a form of partial anomalous pulmonary venous drainage that is dramatically visible on plain chest radiography (CXR). In these individuals the entire venous drainage from the right lung enters a single anomalous large vein that descends to the inferior vena cava. This descending vein is visible on CXR as a curvilinear density along the right heart border and resembles the curved Turkish sword that gives the condition its name. Scimitar syndrome forms part of the large spectrum of associated conditions known as venolobar syndrome. These include right lung hypoplasia or sequestered segments of right lung, congenital heart disease and various others. We report the case of a young woman who presented incidentally, with a murmur, at 16 years of age. Full investigation including angiography showed a large atrial septal defect with right heart dilation and scimitar syndrome. She underwent surgical correction with uneventful and complete correction by baffling of the scimitar vein from its entry into the inferior vena to the left atrium through the enlarged atrial septal defect.
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IPC, Volume 5, Issue 3

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