Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return in a Lung Transplant Recipient

ArticleinThe Annals of thoracic surgery 95(3):1104-6 · March 2013with9 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.85 · DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.10.037 · Source: PubMed


    Partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR) is a rare condition in which some of the pulmonary veins empty into the systemic venous system. The presence of PAPVR in a lung transplant recipient may cause technical challenges during transplantation. We present a technique for left atrial reconstruction when faced with a recipient with PAPVR. The patient had a left superior pulmonary vein that emptied into the brachiocephalic vein without a left atrial connection. Because of the discrepancy in size of the 2 donor and the single recipient pulmonary veins, left atrial reconstruction was performed before venous anastomosis.