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  • Impact Factor: 1.995**
  • H-Index: 8
  • ISSN: 2474-1647
  • DOI: 10.25107/2474-1647
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Major Scope

  •  Emergency Surgery
  •  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  •  Ophthalmic Surgery
  •  Urology
  •  Orthopaedic Surgery
  •  Bariatric Surgery
  •  Surgical Oncology
  •  Thoracic Surgery


Citation: Clin Surg. 2021;6(1):3185.Case Report | Open Access

Endoscopic Diagnosis of Dysphagia Lusoria

Ryon L Arrington, Bradley Leshnower, William D Jordan and Jeffrey Javidfar*

Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, USA

*Correspondance to: Jeffrey Javidfar 

 PDF  Full Text DOI: 10.25107/2474-1647.3185


Dysphagia Lusoria is a condition illustrated by difficulty swallowing secondary to an aberrant right subclavian artery arising from the distal aortic arch and progressing posterior to the esophagus. The course of the artery forms a band that narrows the mid esophagus. We present a case of a patient with a history of dysphagia and a presumed diagnosis of an esophageal stricture based on a barium swallow study. She was undergoing repeated balloon dilations of the ?esophageal narrowing? without symptom relief. The patient sought a second opinion in thoracic surgery. A pulsatile band along the posterior esophagus was noted on endoscopy. Subsequently, a CT angiography confirmed the diagnosis of an aberrant right subclavian artery and surgical repair with a right subclavian and carotid bypass was performed. Afterwards, the patient?s dysphagia was still resolved, and at one year follow up the patient remained symptom free. In today?s age of frequent endoscopic intervention, uncommon etiologies for dysphagia should be considered in the differential diagnosis. If a pulsatile band along the mid posterior esophagus is noted on endoscopy, an aberrant right subclavian artery should be in the differential. In this situation, surgical intervention and not an endoscopic procedure is the definitive treatment.


Cite the article

Arrington RL, Leshnower B, Jordan WD, Javidfar J. Endoscopic Diagnosis of Dysphagia Lusoria. Clin Surg. 2021; 6: 3185..

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