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Absence of isolated infrarenal inferior vena cava (IVC) is a rare condition documented in only a few published cases and typically treated with anticoagulation. We herein describe successful surgical management of the isolated infrarenal IVC absence in a healthy 35-year-old woman who presented with disabling pelvic congestion. An ascending venogram showed the absence of infrarenal IVC with a large left ovarian vein draining pelvic collateral vessels to the normal left renal vein and suprarenal IVC. The patient was successfully treated with a common femoral vein to the suprarenal IVC bypass using a bifurcated polytetrafluoroethylene graft, with rapid symptom resolution, and remained symptom free 6 months later. This is the first reported case describing a surgical strategy for isolated infrarenal IVC absence in a symptomatic patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-361
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005


  • Etiology
  • Infrarenal inferior vena cava absence
  • Pelvic congestion
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Surgery

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