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  • Vena cava
  • Obstructions
  • Congestive hepatopathy
  • Eustachian valve

Rare Congenital Obstruction of the Inferior Vena Cava Diagnosed by Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography


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Case :: Cardiovascular Imaging Case Reports


Volume 4, Number 3


, Pages 139-141

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We present a case of rare congenital obstruction of the inferior vena cava (IVC) outlet detected intraoperatively on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Lacking a better explanation, hepatic dysfunction had been attributed to primary presentation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with presumed diastolic heart failure. However, the intraoperative finding of IVC obstruction better explained hepatic disease, and concurrent repair was successful in resolving the hepatic dysfunction.

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2020 by the American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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