Giant azygos vein varix

Francis J. Podbielski, Albert D. Sam, Ari O. Halldorsson, J. Iasha-Sznajder, Wickii T. Vigneswaran*

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Primary anomalies of the azygos vein generally result from intrathoracic tumor compression or inferior vena caval interruption with azygos vein continuation. Vascular malformations, although uncommon, can frequently mimic solid tumors and present as middle or posterior mediastinal masses. We present the case of an isolated giant azygos vein varix in an asymptomatic patient. Preoperative computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were not diagnostic in evaluating this patient's anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1167-1169
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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