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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2009 October;168(5):327-30

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Two cases of bovine aortic arch variant detected with Multi-detector-row CT angiography. Description and review of the literature

Saba L. 1, Caddeo G. 2, Mallarini G. 1, 2

1 Department of Radiology, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Cagliari, Polo di Monserrato, Monserrato (CA), Italy 2 Department of Radiology, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Cagliari, Polo di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy


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We report the multi-detector-row ct-angiography (MDCTA) findings of two patients with an uncommon origin of the left common carotid artery from the innominate artery. Post-processed images clearly show the anomaly of origin. In one case we observe also an important stenosis located at the left internal carotid artery origin. In the second part of this paper we review the literature about this type of vascular variant. A through knowledge of these anatomic variants and the potential vascular pathologies that may potentially coexist, is necessary before treating the aortic arch vessels.

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