Aberrant right subclavian artery

Case contributed by Enrico Citarella


Patient complaining of dorsal pain. History of breast cancer. No dysphagia

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

Dorsal Spine


Hypointense rounded structure both on T1 and T2, just anterior to the dorsal spine impressing the esophagus that does not look proximally. 

On the coronal image,  an aberrant artery originating from the aortic arch is seen.

Case Discussion

As often happens this was an accidental finding even if it can cause dysphagia (dysphagia lusoria)

The origin and course of the aberrant right subclavian artery (aka arteria lusoria) are well seen in the coronal acquisition.

In our institution, a coronal acquisition is part of the standard spine exam providing useful additional information.

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