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Advances in Anatomy
Volume 2014, Article ID 934825, 3 pages
Research Article

Retroesophageal Right Subclavian Artery

Department of Anatomy, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune 18, India

Received 12 July 2014; Accepted 16 September 2014; Published 2 October 2014

Academic Editor: Li-Hsien Lin

Copyright © 2014 Neelesh Kanaskar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


During routine dissection of head and neck region in a 65-year-old female cadaver variation in the origin of right subclavian artery was found. The right subclavian artery originated as a direct branch of arch of aorta distal to the origin of left subclavian artery and it was found passing behind esophagus (retroesophageal) and ascending upwards to the right side while the left subclavian artery originated normally from arch of aorta distal to the origin of left common carotid artery. Anomalous variations in the origin and course of arteries have serious implications in angiographic and surgical procedures; hence it is of great importance to be aware of such possibilities of variations.