Anomalous left adrenal venous drainage directly into the inferior vena cava

Sean P. Stack, Josef Rösch, David M. Cook, Brett C. Sheppard, Frederick S. Keller

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Primary hyperaldosteronism is a potential cause of hypertension. Unilateral adrenal adenoma and bilateral adrenal cortical hyperplasia are the most common causes of primary hyperaldosteronism. Adrenal venous sampling is employed as the gold standard test to differentiate between these two different causes when the results of other studies in the work-up protocol are non-diagnostic or ambiguous. Adrenal venous sampling can be a challenging procedure, especially in the presence of anomalous venous drainage patterns. Knowledge of normal adrenal venous anatomy, as well as possible variants, is therefore important to ensure a successful procedure. The authors describe an unusual variant of left adrenal venous drainage directly into the IVC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-387
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2001


  • Adrenal adenoma
  • Adrenal cortical hyperplasia
  • Adrenal vein
  • Adrenal venous sampling
  • Aldosteronoma
  • Hyperaldosteronism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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