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Robotic Resection of Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery for Dysphagia Lusoria

Monday, December 4, 2023

Meredith L, Nooromid M, Okusanya O. Robotic Resection of Aberrant Right Subclavian Artery for Dysphagia Lusoria. December 2023. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.24722166

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This video presents the case of a fifty-six-year-old woman with progressive dysphagia caused by an aberrant retroesophageal right subclavian artery. A treatment team composed of vascular and thoracic surgeons approached this case with a two-stage approach. The patient’s anatomy was not favorable for TEVAR and would have left a pulsatile artery behind the esophagus. 

To begin, the patient underwent a carotid subclavian bypass for maximal blood flow to the affected arm. Surgeons then began a robotic right chest ligation, mobilization, and resection of the aberrant artery. In addition to this unique approach, the authors demonstrate the utilization of the thymus as a unique flap to cover the aortic stump.


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