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VOLUME 25 , ISSUE 6 ( June, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Upper Airway Obstruction in an Adult: An Unusual Presentation—Dissection of the Cervical Aortic Arch

Rajkumar S N Satyavolu, Roy Fischer, Rajaram Ramadoss

Citation Information : Satyavolu RS, Fischer R, Ramadoss R. Upper Airway Obstruction in an Adult: An Unusual Presentation—Dissection of the Cervical Aortic Arch. Indian J Crit Care Med 2021; 25 (6):732-734.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23860

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Cervical aortic arch is a rare congenital anomaly. It is usually asymptomatic and an incidental finding but can have symptoms of cough, hoarseness of voice, and dysphagia. Although an association with aneurysmal dilatation is described, dissection of a cervical aortic arch is hitherto an unreported complication. We report a 46-year-old woman recently diagnosed with a cervical aortic arch, who presented with an acute upper airway obstruction leading to cardiorespiratory arrest secondary to spontaneous dissection of the cervical aortic arch.

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