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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 292734, 6 pages
Review Article

The Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery (Arteria Lusoria): The Morphological and Clinical Aspects of One of the Most Important Variations—A Systematic Study of 141 Reports

1Department of Angiology, Medical University of Łódź, Narutowicza 60, 90-136 Łódź, Poland
2Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Łódź, Kniaziewicza 33, 90-153 Łódź, Poland
3Department of Radiology, Medical University of Łódź, Kopcińskiego 22, 90-153 Łódź, Poland
4Department of Normal and Clinical Anatomy, Medical University of Łódź, Narutowicza 60, 90-136 Łódź, Poland
5Department of Radiological and Isotopic Diagnosis and Therapy, Medical University of Łódź, Żeromskiego 113, 90-549 Łódź, Poland

Received 11 February 2014; Revised 22 April 2014; Accepted 6 May 2014; Published 1 July 2014

Academic Editor: Konstantinos Natsis

Copyright © 2014 Michał Polguj 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.


The most important abnormality of the aortic arch is arguably the presence of an aberrant right subclavian artery (arteria lusoria). If this vessel compresses the adjacent structures, several symptoms may be produced. The aim of the study is to present the morphological and clinical aspects of the aberrant right subclavian artery. Three different databases searched for a review of pertinent literature using strictly predetermined criteria. Of 141 cases, 15 were cadaveric and 126 were clinically documented. The gender distribution of the subjects was 55.3% female and 44.7% male. The mean age of the patients at symptoms onset was years for all patients but years and years for female and male subjects, respectively ( ). The most common symptoms in this group were dysphagia (71.2%), dyspnea (18.7%), retrosternal pain (17.0%), cough (7.6%), and weight loss (5.9%). The vascular anomalies coexisting with an arteria lusoria were truncus bicaroticus (19.2%), Kommerell’s diverticulum (14.9%), aneurysm of the artery itself (12.8%), and a right sided aortic arch (9.2%). In conclusion, compression of adjacent structures by an aberrant right subclavian artery needs to be differentiated from other conditions presenting dysphagia, dyspnea, retrosternal pain, cough, and weight loss.