Vascular ring causing symptomatic tracheal compression in adulthood

Ann Thorac Surg. 1995 Nov;60(5):1411-3. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(95)00728-4.


A 32-year-old woman was referred for evaluation of a 3-year history of exertion dyspnea. An anomalous vascular ring created by a right aortic arch with mirror-image branching, left descending aorta, and aortic diverticulum narrowed the trachea circumferentially. This feature was surgically approached through a right posterolateral thoracotomy, and simple amputation of the aortic diverticulum resulted in immediate symptomatic relief.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aorta, Thoracic / abnormalities*
  • Aortic Diseases / congenital
  • Aortic Diseases / surgery*
  • Diverticulum / congenital
  • Diverticulum / surgery*
  • Dyspnea / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans