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Double inferior vena cava


* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Double IVC
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Double inferior vena cava is a vein abnormality that is present from birth (congenital). Individuals with this anomaly have two inferior vena cavas instead of one. The inferior vena cava carries oxygen-poor blood from the lower parts of the body into the heart. Double inferior vena cava does not cause any symptoms. It is usually diagnosed when an imaging test, such as CT or MRI, is performed for other medical reasons. The reported incidence of double inferior vena cava ranges from 0.2 percent to 3 percent.[1]
Last updated: 12/14/2009


  1. Ng WT, Ng SS. Double inferior vena cava: a report of three cases. Singapore Medical Journal. June 2009; 50(6):e211-213. Accessed 12/14/2009.
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