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April 1952

CONGENITAL INTRATHORACIC ANEURYSM OF THE VERTEBRAL ARTERY

Author Affiliations

LOS ANGELES
From the Department of Surgery, University of California Medical School, Los Angeles, and the Section on Cardiovascular Surgery at the Los Angeles County Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, Calif.

AMA Arch Surg. 1952;64(4):527-530. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260010543013
Abstract

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

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