A double aortic arch mimicking a right aortic arch with an aberrant subclavian artery

J Vasc Surg. 2011 Oct;54(4):1151-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2011.04.045. Epub 2011 Jul 23.


A 4-month-old boy was referred for persistent respiratory symptoms despite having undergone division of the ligamentum arteriosus for the diagnosis of a right aortic arch with an aberrant left subclavian artery. A computed tomography scan demonstrated symmetric arch vessels around the trachea at the thoracic inlet, with the left common carotid artery being tethered posteriorly, more suggestive of a double aortic arch with an atretic left arch between the left common carotid and subclavian arteries. This diagnosis was confirmed intraoperatively, and division of the atretic portion released the bronchial obstruction. This case highlights the importance of careful evaluation of the vascular anatomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology
  • Aorta, Thoracic / abnormalities*
  • Aorta, Thoracic / diagnostic imaging
  • Aorta, Thoracic / surgery
  • Aortography / methods
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reoperation
  • Subclavian Artery / abnormalities*
  • Subclavian Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Subclavian Artery / surgery
  • Thoracotomy
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Malformations / complications
  • Vascular Malformations / diagnosis*
  • Vascular Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Vascular Malformations / surgery
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures