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Vol 67, No 4 (2008)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2008-09-30
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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Levator claviculae: a case report and review of the literature

M. Loukas, A. Sullivan, R.S. Tubbs, M.M. Shoja
Folia Morphol 2008;67(4):307-310.

open access

Vol 67, No 4 (2008)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2008-09-30
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The levator claviculae is an uncommon anatomical variant found in the posterior cervical triangle. In this report we present a 78-year-old man with this muscular variation, which was found during gross anatomical dissection. While sites of insertion and origin have been variable, in the present case the muscle originated from the left transverse processes of C3 and C4, and inserted onto the lateral third of the ipsilateral clavicle. Clinical considerations of this variant anatomy are of interest, as they may present in patients as a supraclavicular mass and may also mimic pathology on cross-sectional imaging.

Abstract

The levator claviculae is an uncommon anatomical variant found in the posterior cervical triangle. In this report we present a 78-year-old man with this muscular variation, which was found during gross anatomical dissection. While sites of insertion and origin have been variable, in the present case the muscle originated from the left transverse processes of C3 and C4, and inserted onto the lateral third of the ipsilateral clavicle. Clinical considerations of this variant anatomy are of interest, as they may present in patients as a supraclavicular mass and may also mimic pathology on cross-sectional imaging.
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Keywords

anatomy; neck; cervical; clavicle

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Title

Levator claviculae: a case report and review of the literature

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 67, No 4 (2008)

Pages

307-310

Published online

2008-09-30

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2008;67(4):307-310.

Keywords

anatomy
neck
cervical
clavicle

Authors

M. Loukas
A. Sullivan
R.S. Tubbs
M.M. Shoja

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