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Unusual symptomatic late onset presentation of aberrant right subclavian artery: report of two cases and short literature review

Yannis Dimitroglou, Ioannis Loulakas, Maria Chounti, Michail Megalakakis, Eleni Karavana, Panagiotis Hountis
  • Yannis Dimitroglou
    Athens Naval and Veterans Hospital, Greece
  • Ioannis Loulakas
    Athens Naval and Veterans Hospital, Greece
  • Maria Chounti
    Athens Naval and Veterans Hospital, Greece
  • Michail Megalakakis
    Athens Naval and Veterans Hospital, Greece
  • Eleni Karavana
    Athens Naval and Veterans Hospital, Greece

Abstract

Aberrant subclavian arteries are congenital vascular anomalies that usually do not cause any symptoms. When symptomatic they are considered as a rare cause of dysphagia. This presentation is known as dysphagia lusoria. They are diagnosed by barium swallow or contrast-enhanced computed tomography, although it may be an incidental finding. Management varies from life modifications and drug therapy to surgical intervention. We report two cases of the unusual form of late onset symptomatic presentation because of the presence of aberrant right subclavian artery. Main symptom was chest pain without dysphagia. Due to age and medical comorbidities both patients where managed conservatively.

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Aberrant subclavian artery; dysphagia; dysphagia lusoria.

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Submitted: 2016-09-13 22:48:02
Published: 2017-05-18 10:46:59
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