ABSTRACT: A 77-year-old woman who had been treated for tongue cancer, esophageal cancer and laryngeal cancer, 25 years, 8 years and 8 months before respectively, was referred to our department because of the pulmonary tumor. Enhanced computed tomography showed a nodule of 32 mm in diameter in the left upper lobe and persistent left superior vena cava (PL-SVC). She underwent left upper lobectomy with mediastinal lymph node dissection, preserving PL-SVC. PL-SVC is a rare anomaly and may disturb the mediastinal lymph node dissection. Care should always be taken for the possibility of anomalous venous connection in performing thoracic surgery.
Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery 11/2011; 64(12):1119-21.