THE PURPOSE of this communication is to report successful surgical excision of a congenital intrathoracic aneurysm of the vertebral artery. Aneurysms of this vessel, while infrequent, are oftenest found in the third or intracranial portion of the vessel.1 A review of the literature failed to uncover a report of a case of congenital aneurysm involving the intrathoracic portion of the vertebral artery. In view of the apparent rarity of the anomaly, it was felt that it might be worth while to report our case.
REPORT OF A CASE
The patient was a 16-year-old white youth who at the age of 4 years was found to have a continuous murmur in the left upper aspect of the chest and the left side of the neck. At that time a diagnosis of arteriovenous aneurysm arising from the left subclavian artery was made. The patient's development was entirely normal, and he had
MULLER WH, BOODY D, LONGMIRE WP. CONGENITAL INTRATHORACIC ANEURYSM OF THE VERTEBRAL ARTERY. AMA Arch Surg. 1952;64(4):527–530. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260010543013