CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Avicenna J Med 2012; 02(01): 12-14
DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.94805

Anomalous single pulmonary venous trunk

Hadi Abu Rasheed
Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa Children′s Hospital, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Iowa City, IA, USA
Benjamin E Reinking
Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa Children′s Hospital, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Iowa City, IA, USA
› Author Affiliations


We present a rare case of a single pulmonary venous trunk that drains all pulmonary segments to the left atrium. This anomaly may mimic pulmonary arteriovenous malformation on imaging. This report briefly discusses the embryology of the pulmonary veins and the classification of the pulmonary veins anomalies.

Publication History

Article published online:
09 August 2021

© 2012. Syrian American Medical Society. This is an open access article published by Thieme under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonDerivative-NonCommercial-License, permitting copying and reproduction so long as the original work is given appropriate credit. Contents may not be used for commercial purposes, or adapted, remixed, transformed or built upon. (

Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd.
A-12, Second Floor, Sector -2, NOIDA -201301, India

  • References

  • 1 Cronin A, Kelly AM, Desjardins B, Patel S, Gross BH, Kazerooni EA, et al. Normative Analysis of Pulmonary Vein Drainage Patterns on Multidetector CT with Measurements of Pulmonary Vein Ostial Diameter and Distance to First Bifurcation. Acad Radiol 2007;14:178-88.
  • 2 Healey JE Jr. An anatomic survey of anomalous pulmonary veins: their clinical significance. J Thorac Surg 1952;23:433-44.
  • 3 Neill CA. Development of the pulmonary veins: With Reference to the Embryology of Anomalies of Pulmonary Venous Return. Pediatrics 1956;18:880-7.
  • 4 Agarwal PP, Seely JM, Matzinger FR. MDCT of Anomalous Unilateral Single pulmonary Vein. Am J Roentgenol 2004;183:1241-3.
  • 5 Goodman LR, Jamshidi A, Hipona FA. Meandering right pulmonary vein simulating Scimitar syndrome. Chest 1972;62:510-2.
  • 6 Hanson JM, Wood AM, Seymour R, Petheram IS. Anomalous unilateral single pulmonary vein: two cases mimicking arteriovenous malformations and review of the literature. Australas Radiol 2005;49:246-51.
  • 7 Sato M, Tanaka D, Nakajo M. Meandering pulmonary veins with a common inferior trunk: an anomalous left inferior pulmonary vein entering an anomalous right inferior pulmonary vein. Radiat Med 2007;25:426-9.
  • 8 Hidvegi RS, Lapin J. Anomalous bilateral single pulmonary vein demonstrated by 3-dimensional reconstruction of helical computed tomographic angiography: case report. Can Assoc Radiol J 1998;49:262-5.
  • 9 Maillard JO, Cottin V, Etienne-Mastroïanni B, Frolet JM, Revel D, Cordier JF. Pulmonary varix mimicking pulmonary arteriovenous malformation in a patient with turner syndrome. Respiration 2007;74:110-3.
  • 10 Gossage JR, Kanj G. Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations: A state of the art review. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1998;158:643-61.
  • 11 Khalil A, Farres MT, Mangiapan G, Tassart M, Bigot JM, Carette MF. Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations. Chest 2000;117:1399-403.
  • 12 Prager RL, Laws KH, Bender HW. Arteriovenous fistula of the lung. Ann Thoracic Surg 1983;36:231-9.