Scimitar syndrome associated with gallbladder duplication

Clin Imaging. 2014 May-Jun;38(3):346-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2013.12.015. Epub 2014 Jan 4.


Scimitar syndrome is a rare congenital anomaly associated with the venous drainage of the lung to the inferior vena cava through a systemic vein. Chest radiography of an asymptomatic patient, aged 36, showed a linear opacity extending from the pulmonary hilum to the diaphragm, on the right chest (Scimitar sign). Computerized tomography of the thorax exposed that the cause of that image was Scimitar vein. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed duplication in the gallbladder. The literature holds no reports of an association between Scimitar syndrome and gallbladder duplication. Secondary gastrointestinal malformations can also be found in patients suffering from this syndrome.

Keywords: Congenital; Gallbladder duplication; Scimitar syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asymptomatic Diseases*
  • Diaphragm / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Gallbladder / abnormalities*
  • Humans
  • Lung / blood supply*
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Scimitar Syndrome / complications*
  • Scimitar Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vena Cava, Inferior / abnormalities