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Giant Left Atrium as a Cause of Dysphagia

Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(4):758-761. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-65-4-758
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Vascular causes of dysphagia are not common. Probably the best known of the vascular etiologic types is dysphagia lusoria. Dysphagia lusoria is the term applied to symptomatic esophageal compression by an arteria lusoria, an anomalous form of the right subclavian artery (1, 2). Dysphagia can occur from other vascular compression syndromes, including the double aortic arch and right aortic arch with ligamentum arteriosum (3). Dysphagia from elongation and tortuosity of the common carotid artery has been treated surgically, with subsequent resumption of normal deglutition (4). Keates and Magidson (5) have described a case of dysphagia due to compression of the


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