[A pitfall of transseptal catheterisation for percutaneous mitral commissurotomy: interruption of the inferior vena cava with azygos continuation]

Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 2007 Jan;100(1):64-7.
[Article in French]


Transseptal catheterisation is a widely used technique in interventional cardiology. The authors report the case of a 37 year old woman admitted for percutaneous mitral commissurotomy of a symptomatic rheumatic mitral stenosis in whom transseptal catheterisation was impossible because of a rare congenital anomaly: interruption of the inferior vena cava with azygos vein continuation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Azygos Vein / pathology*
  • Cardiac Catheterization / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis / therapy*
  • Radiography, Thoracic