Aberrant right subclavian artery-esophageal fistula

A cause of overwhelming upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage

Rod I. Belkin, Frederick Keller, Edwin C. Everts, Josef Rosch

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Abstract

A patient had massive hematemesis due to a fistula between an unsuspected aberrant right subclavian artery and the esophagus, with the fistula caused by prolonged esophageal intubation. Lack of awareness of this complication delayed the correct diagnosis, which was eventually made at a second angiographic study. With knowledge of the fistula, this potentially fatal situation can be promptly diagnosed by endoscopy and emergency angiography. Transcatheter embolization is suggested as a potential alternative to surgery in the treatment of the aberrant right subclavian artery-esophageal fistula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-89
Number of pages3
JournalCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1984

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Esophageal Fistula
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
Fistula
Hematemesis
Delayed Diagnosis
Intubation
Esophagus
Endoscopy
Angiography
Emergencies
Aberrant subclavian artery
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Artery, aberrant right subclavian
  • Embolization, bleeding control
  • Esophageal intubation, complication
  • Fistula, arterio-esophageal
  • Gastrointestinal tract, hemorrhage
  • Vasoocclusion, transcatheter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Aberrant right subclavian artery-esophageal fistula : A cause of overwhelming upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. / Belkin, Rod I.; Keller, Frederick; Everts, Edwin C.; Rosch, Josef.

In: CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology, Vol. 7, No. 2, 04.1984, p. 87-89.

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