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February 1974

Major Venous Anomalies Complicating Abdominal Aortic Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; and the General Surgical Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(2):159-165. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260019004

Four major anomalies of the venous system were encountered during abdominal aortic surgery. These were transposition of the inferior vena cava, duplication of the inferior vena cava, circumaortic venous collar, and retroaortic left renal vein. Although these anomalies are not common, each poses a particular problem related to its recognition, protection from injury, and intraoperative management.