A Truncus Bicaroticus and an Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery. A Rare Case and Literature Review

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Duygu Vurallı; Sema Polat; Ferhat Can Piskin & Pınar Göker


An aberrant right subclavian artery described by David Bayford, is rare and one of the aortic arch anomalies. It gives usually incidental findings. We present the case of a 57-year-old woman who was admitted to a neurology outpatient clinic due to a headache and no obvious pathology was detected during a physical examination. In consequence of the brain and chest CT angiography, incidental anomalies of the aortic arch branches were found and asymptomatic aberrant right subclavian artery and bicarotid trunk was diagnosed. The presence of this anomaly is becoming increasingly important in avoiding vascular injuries and cerebral complications in patients undergoing endovascular intervention on the aorta aortic arch surgery, thyroidectomy, or cervicothoracic surgery. So, detailed knowledge of variations of the subclavian artery and bicarotid trunk is paramount for radiologists and surgeons operating on the region of the anterior neck.

KEY WORDS: Aberan right subclavian artery; Aortic arch malformation; Truncus bicaroticus; Dysphagia lusoria.

How to cite this article

VURALLI, D.; POLAT, S.; PISKIN, F. C. & GÖKER, P. A truncus bicaroticus and an aberrant right subclavian artery; A rare case and literature review. Int. J. Morphol., 41(3):785-788, 2023.