Oesophageal bronchus

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Oesophageal bronchus refers to the rare occurrence where a bronchus arises directly from the oesophagus.

It is more common in females with a M:F of 1:2 2

Oesophageal bronchi may be the main bronchus, which gives rise to oesophageal lung, or may be a lobar bronchus, most commonly a lower lobe bronchus.

Associations

Arterial supply and venous drainage is variable:

  • arterial supply: may arise directly from the thoracic aorta
  • venous drainage: may be to systemic or pulmonary circulations
Chest radiograph
Fluoroscopy - barium swallow
  • barium fills the bronchus and first-order branches 2
Thoracic anatomy
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Article Information

rID: 29810
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Esophageal bronchus

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