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Clinical Report

Leg Ulceration in Chronic Venous Insufficiency Caused by an Absent Inferior Vena Cava

Hiroo Amano, Yayoi Nagai, Yukie Endo, Tomoko Iwasaki, Osamu Ishikawa
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-0692


We report here the case of a 55-year-old Japanese man with a one-year history of multiple ulcers on the left crural region. He had had pronounced varicose veins on both legs and the abdominal region for 35 years. Computed tomography images of the thoracic and abdominal regions showed the absence of an inferior vena cava, with pronounced dilatation of paravertebral venous plexus, cutaneous and azygous veins. Conservative topical treatments led to complete healing of the ulcers in one month. An absent inferior vena cava is an uncommon abnormality, often complicated by cardiac and other visceral malformations. It is a rare cause of chronic leg ulcers. Key words: chronic venous insufficiency; leg ulcer; infe


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