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Authors Sitzman TJ, Mell MW, Acher CW
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Journal Vasc Endovascular Surg Volume: 43 Issue: 1 Pages: 100-2
Publish Date 2009 Feb-Mar
PubMed ID 18829585
Abstract

Vascular rings are a rare cause of symptoms in adult patients. We report the case of a 48-year-old woman presenting with dysphagia lusoria due to an uncommon vascular ring: right aortic arch with mirror-image branching and a left ligamentum arteriosum. No previous reports exist of adult-onset dysphagia lusoria attributable to this anatomy. The patient underwent a limited muscle-sparing thoracotomy with division of the ligamentum. The division interrupted the vascular ring and relieved her esophageal compression. The presentation, evaluation, pathophysiology, and treatment of this condition are discussed.

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