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Vol 76, No 3 (2017)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2017-03-03
Submitted: 2016-10-27
Accepted: 2016-11-29
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Langer’s axillary arch: a rare variant, and prevalence among Caucasians

M. A. Turki, P. J. Adds
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2017.0022
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Pubmed: 28281725
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Folia Morphol 2017;76(3):536-539.

open access

Vol 76, No 3 (2017)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2017-03-03
Submitted: 2016-10-27
Accepted: 2016-11-29

Abstract

During the dissection of a 79-year-old Caucasian female cadaver, a variant of Langer’s axillary arch was found unilaterally in the left axilla. While Langer’s axillary arches are not uncommon, this particular variant, attaching to the biceps brachii, is much rarer with a reported prevalence of only 0.25%. The case reported here, however, is only the third example of a Langer’s axillary arch that has been found in the last 14 years in the Dissecting Room at St. George’s, University of London, giving it an overall prevalence of approximately 1.0% amongst a population of around 280 Caucasian cadavers, much lower than the reported frequency of 7%. Langer’s axillary arches can be completely asymptomatic in life, but may also cause a variety of issues both clinically and surgically.

Abstract

During the dissection of a 79-year-old Caucasian female cadaver, a variant of Langer’s axillary arch was found unilaterally in the left axilla. While Langer’s axillary arches are not uncommon, this particular variant, attaching to the biceps brachii, is much rarer with a reported prevalence of only 0.25%. The case reported here, however, is only the third example of a Langer’s axillary arch that has been found in the last 14 years in the Dissecting Room at St. George’s, University of London, giving it an overall prevalence of approximately 1.0% amongst a population of around 280 Caucasian cadavers, much lower than the reported frequency of 7%. Langer’s axillary arches can be completely asymptomatic in life, but may also cause a variety of issues both clinically and surgically.

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Keywords

axillary arch variant, oncoplastic surgery, lymphadenectomy

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Title

Langer’s axillary arch: a rare variant, and prevalence among Caucasians

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 76, No 3 (2017)

Pages

536-539

Published online

2017-03-03

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2017.0022

Pubmed

28281725

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2017;76(3):536-539.

Keywords

axillary arch variant
oncoplastic surgery
lymphadenectomy

Authors

M. A. Turki
P. J. Adds

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