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Vol 72, No 1 (2013)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2013-03-05
Submitted: 2012-11-27
Accepted: 2012-12-27
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A rare cadaveric finding of ectopic origin of a bronchial artery: surgical and imaging consequences

K. Natsis, I. Asouhidou, V. Vizas, M. Didagelos
DOI: 10.5603/FM.2013.0013
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Folia Morphol 2013;72(1):78-81.

open access

Vol 72, No 1 (2013)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2013-03-05
Submitted: 2012-11-27
Accepted: 2012-12-27

Abstract

Bronchial arteries arise normally directly from the descending thoracic aorta, at the level between the fourth and sixth thoracic vertebra. However the anatomical variations are very frequent regarding the origin or the number of branches. We present a rare cadaveric finding of an ectopic right bronchial artery originating from the right subclavian artery through common stem with the right internal thoracic artery and we discuss the clinical significance of this finding. A 72-year-old formalin-embalmed male cadaver was dissected during a routine anatomical course. The right bronchial artery originated from the right subclavian artery with a common stem with the right internal thoracic artery. Although ectopic origin of the right bronchial artery from the right internal thoracic artery is rare, recognition of this anatomical variation is important in bronchial embolization due to hemoptysis, in coronary bypass grafting and in lung transplantation.

Abstract

Bronchial arteries arise normally directly from the descending thoracic aorta, at the level between the fourth and sixth thoracic vertebra. However the anatomical variations are very frequent regarding the origin or the number of branches. We present a rare cadaveric finding of an ectopic right bronchial artery originating from the right subclavian artery through common stem with the right internal thoracic artery and we discuss the clinical significance of this finding. A 72-year-old formalin-embalmed male cadaver was dissected during a routine anatomical course. The right bronchial artery originated from the right subclavian artery with a common stem with the right internal thoracic artery. Although ectopic origin of the right bronchial artery from the right internal thoracic artery is rare, recognition of this anatomical variation is important in bronchial embolization due to hemoptysis, in coronary bypass grafting and in lung transplantation.

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Keywords

bronchial artery; subclavian artery; internal thoracic artery; anatomical variation; bypass; lung transplantation

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Title

A rare cadaveric finding of ectopic origin of a bronchial artery: surgical and imaging consequences

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 72, No 1 (2013)

Pages

78-81

Published online

2013-03-05

DOI

10.5603/FM.2013.0013

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2013;72(1):78-81.

Keywords

bronchial artery
subclavian artery
internal thoracic artery
anatomical variation
bypass
lung transplantation

Authors

K. Natsis
I. Asouhidou
V. Vizas
M. Didagelos

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