February 1977

Total Anomalous Systemic Venous Drainage

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatric Cardiology (Dr Viart), the Department of Cardiac Surgery (Drs Le Clerc and Primo), and the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Research (Dr Polis), the University of Brussels, Brussels.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(2):195-198. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120150077016

• Total drainage of systemic blood into the left atrium is an exceptional finding in absence of severe intracardiac malformation. In our patient, a boy 3 years and 4 months old, the left superior vena cava, the inferior vena cava, and the coronary sinus drained into the left atrium; there was no right superior vena cava, and the only associated anomaly was a large atrial septal defect. This rare form of cyanotic congenital heart disease was correctly diagnosed and successfully corrected.

(Am J Dis Child 131:195-198, 1977)