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Pulmonary vein abnormalities into the human left atrium
Sharleen Yuan1, Natalie Mushitz1, Stuart D. Inglis1
1Department of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Article ID: 100008A04SY2015
doi:10.5348/A04-2015-8-CR-7

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Yuan S, Mushitz N, Inglis SD. Pulmonary vein abnormalities into the human left atrium. Edorium J Anat Embryo 2015;2:29–33.


Abstract
Introduction: Abnormalities in the number and size of pulmonary veins are not common. However, incidences that do arise often are the result of congenital or acquired disorders.
Case Report: We present a case report on abnormal pulmonary veins draining into the left atrium, which was uncovered during dissections in gross anatomy.
Conclusion: During a single anatomy dissection class, three separate cadavers demonstrated anomalies in pulmonary vein number. In the first instance, an 84-year-old female presented with a single, dilated pulmonary vein connecting the left atrium to the left lung. A second cadaver of an 85-year-old female had a similar manifestation of a single left pulmonary vein. In the third case, a 70-year-old male presented with three pulmonary veins draining into the left atrium.

Keywords: Acquired defects, Congenital defects, Pulmonary vein abnormalities, Pulmonary vein


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Author Contributions
Sharleen Yuan – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Natalie Mushitz – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Stuart D. Inglis – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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