Aortic arch origin of left vertebral artery

Case contributed by Dr Safwat Mohammad Almoghazy


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Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

The left vertebral artery arises as the third branch of the aortic arch.

Case Discussion

The left vertebral artery usually arises from the left subclavian artery. In approximately 5% of the population, the left vertebral artery can have a variable origin from the aortic arch 1-3.

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Case information

rID: 51520
Published: 4th Apr 2017
Last edited: 5th Apr 2017
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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