ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
The Use of Multi Detector Computed Tomography in Assessing the Retroaortic Left Renal Vein and Accompanying Vessel Anomalies
1 Ataturk University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Atatürk University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Erzurum, Turkey  
3 Department of Radiology Faculty of Medicine Atatürk University Erzurum  
Eurasian J Med 2010; 42: 12-14

Key Words: Multidetector row CT, Retroaortic left renal vein, Vascular anomalies


Objective: Because renal venous variations possess potential hazards during abdominal aortic surgery or laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, the detailed preoperative evaluation of the renal vessels with angiography should be performed to avoid vascular injuries. We present multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) findings of the retroaortic left renal vein (RLRV) with other vascular variations.


Materials and Methods: Twenty-two patients with RLRV were evaluated with MDCT using multiplanar images, MIP images, and 3D volume rendering.

Results: The RLRVs with accessory renal vessels and other variant veins draining into the left renal vein were eff ectively evaluated in all patients.

Conclusions: MDCT angiography is an eff ective technique for evaluating abdominal vessels, and it presents adequate images of renal vessels and vascular variations, which pose importance before abdominal surgery.

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