Dysphagia lusoria: aberrant right subclavian artery

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Mild longstanding dysphagia and throat discomfort after eating.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female

Case Discussion

Barium swallow reveals fixed narrowing of the oesophagus at the level of the aortic arch without mucosal abnormality.  The narrowing runs oblique from inferior left to superior right and involves the posterior aspect of the oesophagus.  This is consistent with extrinsic compression by a retro-oesophageal aberrant right subclavian artery resulting in dysphagia lusoria.      

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Case information

rID: 9689
Case created: 12th May 2010
Last edited: 2nd Jun 2017
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