Retro-aortic left brachiocephalic vein

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking


CTA neck for possible dissection.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Male

The left brachiocephalic vein courses inferiorly through the superior mediastinum, passing posterior to the ascending aorta and inferior to the aortic arch. It joins the right brachiocephalic vein to form the SVC. There is also a bovine aortic arch variant.

Case Discussion

The retro-aortic left brachiocephalic vein is a rare vascular anatomic variant that may be associated with cardiac malformations.

The patient did not have evidence of arterial dissection.

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Case information

rID: 63173
Published: 18th Sep 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Vascular, Chest
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