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A case of anomalous courses of the brachiocephalic artery, trachea, and esophagus

A case of anomalous courses of the brachiocephalic artery, trachea, and esophagus

Kaibogaku Zasshi. Journal of Anatomy 67(1): 53-55

A case was described in which the brachiocephalic artery ran transversely in front of the fourth tracheal ring. The abnormal course of this artery may present a possible hazard in the event of a tracheotomy. In this case the anomalous artery was accompanied by a shift of the trachea to the right and of the esophagus to the left. As a consequence, the left recurrent laryngeal nerve ascended in front of the esophagus. The anomalous nerve course may present the possibility of injury to the nerve in the event of a curative operation for esophageal cancer.

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