Journal of Radiology Case Reports, Vol 4, No 11 (2010)

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Incidentally detected unilateral pulmonary artery agenesis with pulmonary hypoplasia in a 67 year old woman

Incidentally detected unilateral pulmonary artery agenesis with pulmonary hypoplasia in a 67 year old woman

Prakash Muthusami, Ramesh Ananthakrishnan, Sundar Elangovan

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Abstract


Unilateral pulmonary artery agenesis is commonly seen associated with other congenital cardiovascular defects, when it is detected early in life, but isolated absence of the pulmonary artery is a rare entity, usually detected in adulthood. The latter patients are usually asymptomatic or might present with varied non-specific manifestations such as respiratory tract infections and hemoptysis. This report describes the imaging findings of a 67 year old female with absence of the right pulmonary artery. The embryology and clinical manifestations of the condition are reviewed.


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