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Vol 63, No 1 (2004)
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Published online: 2003-12-03
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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A retroesophageal right subclavian artery originating from the left aortic arch - a case report and review of the literature

Marios Loukas, Petros Giannikopoulos, Martin Fudalej, Christos Dimopoulos, Teresa Wagner
Folia Morphol 2004;63(1):141-145.

open access

Vol 63, No 1 (2004)
Short Communications
Published online: 2003-12-03
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The retroesophageal right subclavian artery is an anatomical abnormality encountered by anatomists and pathologists and recently interventional cardiologists and thoracic surgeons have also come across this phenomenon. We report a case of a retroesophageal right subclavian artery arising from a normally located left aortic arch in a young male autopsied in the Department of Forensic Service of Warsaw Medical University. In addition to the aforementioned anomaly, the presence of a right non-recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve was noticed. The possible embryonic development of these branching patterns and their clinical significance is discussed.

Abstract

The retroesophageal right subclavian artery is an anatomical abnormality encountered by anatomists and pathologists and recently interventional cardiologists and thoracic surgeons have also come across this phenomenon. We report a case of a retroesophageal right subclavian artery arising from a normally located left aortic arch in a young male autopsied in the Department of Forensic Service of Warsaw Medical University. In addition to the aforementioned anomaly, the presence of a right non-recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve was noticed. The possible embryonic development of these branching patterns and their clinical significance is discussed.
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Keywords

retroesophageal right sublcavian artery; arteria lusoria; aortic arch

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Title

A retroesophageal right subclavian artery originating from the left aortic arch - a case report and review of the literature

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 63, No 1 (2004)

Pages

141-145

Published online

2003-12-03

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2004;63(1):141-145.

Keywords

retroesophageal right sublcavian artery
arteria lusoria
aortic arch

Authors

Marios Loukas
Petros Giannikopoulos
Martin Fudalej
Christos Dimopoulos
Teresa Wagner

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