ANOMALOUS drainage of the pulmonary vessels is not very common, although Hughes and Rumore,1 in a series of autopsies, found an inćidence of 0.7%. Brody2 reviewed the literature in 1942 and found 102 cases, to which he added 4 of his own. He divided these cases into those representing complete drainage of the pulmonary veins into the right atrium or its tributaries and those with incomplete drainage of the pulmonary veins into the right atrium or its tributaries. He reported 38 cases belonging to the first group. Incomplete drainage is not incompatible with long life; in fact, Brody states that 35 of the patients he reported lived to adulthood. However, of that group having complete drainage of pulmonary blood into the right atrium only eight lived beyond six months and the oldest lived to be 27 years of age. It has been stated that if less than 50%
SPECHT HD, BROWN AF. DRAINAGE OF PULMONARY VEINS INTO DUCTUS VENOSUS WITH OTHER ANOMALIES. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;92(1):148–151. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240190160010
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