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Catheterisation of a persistent left superior vena cava
  1. Minakshi Boodhun,
  2. Nurashikin Mohammad,
  3. Azreen Adnan,
  4. Wan Syamimee Wan Ghazali
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kubang Kerian, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wan Syamimee Wan Ghazali, mimeeghazali{at}


We present a case of a 62-year-old woman with end-stage renal disease who displayed a persistent left superior vena cava detected following placement of haemodialysis catheter through the left internal jugular vein (IJV). The diagnosis was confirmed by left internal jugular vein cathetogram, computed tomography (CT) thorax and transthoracic echocardiography. The catheter was removed without immediate complications. She remained well during the outpatient follow-up.

  • cardiovascular medicine
  • renal medicine
  • dialysis
  • interventional radiology
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  • Contributors MB prepared and drafted the manuscript. AA managed the patient. WSWG and NM edited and approved the final draft of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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