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Angiographic evaluation of branching pattern and anatomy of the aortic arch [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015; 43(3): 219-226 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2015.49879

Angiographic evaluation of branching pattern and anatomy of the aortic arch

Onur Ergun, Idil Gunes Tatar, Erdem Birgi, Hasan Ali Durmaz, Seray Akcalar, Aydin Kurt, Baki Hekimoglu
Diskapi Yildirim Beyazit Training And Research Hospital, Department Of Radiology, Ankara, Turkey


OBJECTIVE
The study aimed to investigate anatomical variations in branching pattern and anatomy of the aortic arch, and the prevalence of each type.

METHODS
Between September 2011 and November 2013, angiographic studies of 270 patients (144 male, 126 female) were analyzed retrospectively for variations in branching pattern and anatomy of the aortic arch. Patient mean age was 59.8 years (range, 13-88). Branching variations were found and divided into subtypes. Patients were also classified according to arch anatomy. Incidence of variations and types of aortic arch were statistically analysed.

RESULTS
Analysis of the 270 patients revealed six types of branching pattern. Type I, classical pattern arch with three branches (TB, LCC, LS), was observed in 198 cases (73.3%). Type II (bovine arch), the most commonly observed variation, in which LCC originates from TB, was observed in 58 cases (21.5%). Type III, in which the left vertebral artery arises from the arch, was seen in seven cases (2.6%). Type IV, a combination of types II and III, was observed in three cases (1.1%). Type V, common origin of common carotids, LS and aberrant RS, was found in three cases (1.1%). Type VI (avian type), arch with only two branches, was observed in one case (0.4%). When patients were classified according to aortic arch anatomy, Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 were observed in 195, 40 and 35 patients respectively.

CONCLUSION
Knowledge of the variations and anatomy of the aortic arch is essential during interventional procedures and neck-thorax surgery.

Keywords: Aortic arch, aorta, thoracic/pathology, aortic diseases/ radiography

How to cite this article
Onur Ergun, Idil Gunes Tatar, Erdem Birgi, Hasan Ali Durmaz, Seray Akcalar, Aydin Kurt, Baki Hekimoglu. Angiographic evaluation of branching pattern and anatomy of the aortic arch. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015; 43(3): 219-226

Corresponding Author: Onur Ergun, Türkiye
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