Anatomical Science International

, Volume 79, Issue 2, pp 98–100 | Cite as

Retroesophageal right subclavian artery with persistent ductus arteriosus

  • R. Shane TubbsEmail author
  • W. Jerry Oakes
  • E. George Salter
  • Steven J. Zehren
Case Report


We report an adult male cadaver with persistence of the ductus arteriosus and a right retroesophageal artery. The retroesophageal artery was first appreciated as a retropharyngeal mass during the dissection of this area. Both the left and right vertebral arteries originated in normal fashion. The thoracic duct of our specimen drained into the junction of the left internal jugular and left subclavian veins. We believe this to be the first report of simultaneous right retroesophageal subclavian artery and patent ductus arteriosus. The anatomy and embryology of these two anomalies in the same specimen are discussed.

Key words

anomaly ligamentum arteriosum upper extremity vasculature vertebral artery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Shane Tubbs
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • W. Jerry Oakes
    • 2
  • E. George Salter
    • 1
  • Steven J. Zehren
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cell BiologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric NeurosurgeryChildren’s HospitalBirmingham, AlabamaUSA

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