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Pulmonary Varix
Diane C. Strollo, MD, FACR
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Clinical Issues

          TERMINOLOGY

          • Synonyms

            • Pulmonary venous aneurysm
          • Definitions

            • Nonobstructive dilatation of 1 or more pulmonary veins at insertion into left atrium (LA)
            • May be isolated radiologic finding
            • Typically associated with acquired heart disease (e.g., mitral stenosis ± regurgitation)
            • No enlarged feeding artery or soft tissue mass
            • May be mistaken for mediastinal or hilar mass

          IMAGING

          • General Features

            • Radiographic Findings

              • CT Findings

                • Imaging Recommendations

                  DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                    PATHOLOGY

                    • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                      • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                        CLINICAL ISSUES

                        • Presentation

                          • Natural History & Prognosis

                            • Treatment

                              DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                              • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                • Reporting Tips

                                  Selected References

                                  1. Sirivella S et al: Pulmonary venous aneurysm presenting as a mediastinal mass in ischemic cardiomyopathy. Ann Thorac Surg. 68(1):241-3, 1999
                                  2. Bhaktaram VJ et al: Large pulmonary vein varix diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography: an unusual site for thrombus in atrial fibrillation. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 11(2):213-5, 1998
                                  3. Twersky J et al: Further observations on pulmonary venous varix. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 127(3):435-40, 1976
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                                  KEY FACTS

                                  • Terminology

                                    • Imaging

                                      • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                        • Clinical Issues

                                          TERMINOLOGY

                                          • Synonyms

                                            • Pulmonary venous aneurysm
                                          • Definitions

                                            • Nonobstructive dilatation of 1 or more pulmonary veins at insertion into left atrium (LA)
                                            • May be isolated radiologic finding
                                            • Typically associated with acquired heart disease (e.g., mitral stenosis ± regurgitation)
                                            • No enlarged feeding artery or soft tissue mass
                                            • May be mistaken for mediastinal or hilar mass

                                          IMAGING

                                          • General Features

                                            • Radiographic Findings

                                              • CT Findings

                                                • Imaging Recommendations

                                                  DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                    PATHOLOGY

                                                    • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                                                      • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                        CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                        • Presentation

                                                          • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                            • Treatment

                                                              DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                              • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                • Reporting Tips

                                                                  Selected References

                                                                  1. Sirivella S et al: Pulmonary venous aneurysm presenting as a mediastinal mass in ischemic cardiomyopathy. Ann Thorac Surg. 68(1):241-3, 1999
                                                                  2. Bhaktaram VJ et al: Large pulmonary vein varix diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography: an unusual site for thrombus in atrial fibrillation. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 11(2):213-5, 1998
                                                                  3. Twersky J et al: Further observations on pulmonary venous varix. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 127(3):435-40, 1976