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Arteria lusoria in patients with a normal and a right-sided aortic arch diagnosed with multi-slice computed tomography: a report of two cases

E. Czekajska-Chehab, S. Uhlig, G. Staśkiewicz, E. Mazur-Stążka, A. Torres, K. Gawęda, A. Drop
Folia Morphol 2007;66(1):74-77.

open access

Vol 66, No 1 (2007)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2006-12-14
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

A retro-oesophageal course of the right subclavian artery is referred to as "arteria lusoria". It may be related to severe compression of the trachea and oesophagus, typically resulting in impaired swallowing. The paper presents two patients with arteria lusoria, which in one patient was an aberrant right subclavian artery and in the other an aberrant left subclavian artery, originating from the right-sided aortic arch. In both cases the diagnosis was made with multi-slice computed tomography. The embryology of the anomalies and clinical status of the patients is discussed. Arteria lusoria should be considered in differential diagnosis in patients with dyspnoea and dysphagia. Multi-slice computed tomography allows this anatomical variant to be reliably visualised.

Abstract

A retro-oesophageal course of the right subclavian artery is referred to as "arteria lusoria". It may be related to severe compression of the trachea and oesophagus, typically resulting in impaired swallowing. The paper presents two patients with arteria lusoria, which in one patient was an aberrant right subclavian artery and in the other an aberrant left subclavian artery, originating from the right-sided aortic arch. In both cases the diagnosis was made with multi-slice computed tomography. The embryology of the anomalies and clinical status of the patients is discussed. Arteria lusoria should be considered in differential diagnosis in patients with dyspnoea and dysphagia. Multi-slice computed tomography allows this anatomical variant to be reliably visualised.
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Keywords

subclavian artery; vascular anomalies; diagnostic imaging; cross-sectional anatomy

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Title

Arteria lusoria in patients with a normal and a right-sided aortic arch diagnosed with multi-slice computed tomography: a report of two cases

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 66, No 1 (2007)

Pages

74-77

Published online

2006-12-14

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2007;66(1):74-77.

Keywords

subclavian artery
vascular anomalies
diagnostic imaging
cross-sectional anatomy

Authors

E. Czekajska-Chehab
S. Uhlig
G. Staśkiewicz
E. Mazur-Stążka
A. Torres
K. Gawęda
A. Drop

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