Transposition of left subclavian artery with reimplantation of isolated left vertebral artery before thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair for type B aortic dissection


Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


Understanding and recognizing anatomic anomalies of the aortic arch is important when planning extra-anatomic debranching before thoracic endovascular aortic repair. A rare anomaly is the left vertebral artery aberrantly arising from the aortic arch; found in ∼5% of adults. When present, the artery courses through the carotid sheath at a variable length before entering the third or fourth cervical transverse foramen. In the present report, we have described the case of a 49-year-old man with a symptomatic, enlarging type B aortic dissection with an aberrant left vertebral artery and the novel methods used to surgically correct his pathology.

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