Thoracoscopic correction of persistent right aortic arch in a dog

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2001 Nov-Dec;37(6):577-81. doi: 10.5326/15473317-37-6-577.


A 15-week-old, male intact, miniature schnauzer presented for signs consistent with persistent right aortic arch (PRAA). Esophagram and esophagoscopy confirmed this diagnosis. Following selective intubation, the constricting ligamentum arteriosum was visualized and completely resected via thoracoscopy. No complications were noted with this procedure. Advantages of thoracoscopy for management of persistent right aortic arch observed in this case were better visualization of the ligamentum arteriosum, minor postoperative discomfort, and minimal intraoperative hypothermia. Therefore, thoracoscopy is a potential alternative to intercostal thoracotomy for correction of PRAA.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aorta, Thoracic / abnormalities*
  • Aorta, Thoracic / surgery*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dog Diseases / congenital
  • Dog Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Dog Diseases / pathology
  • Dog Diseases / surgery*
  • Dogs
  • Esophageal Stenosis / diagnosis
  • Esophageal Stenosis / etiology
  • Esophageal Stenosis / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Thoracoscopy / methods
  • Thoracoscopy / veterinary*