Surgically corrected total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage. The four pulmonary veins converge behind the left atrium into a common pulmonary vein. The surgery consisted of creating a communication between the common vein and the left atrium. This is shown by the color flow image with laminar (yellow) flow in the common vein. There is a narrowing of the flow with some turbulence at the junction to the left atrial cavity (where the color spreads out).
Short axis view in the same patient showing the common vein behind the left atrium.
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