Anomalous Intrathoracic Left Vagus and Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Course

Domenico Galetta, Alfredo Cesario, Stefano Margaritora, Pierluigi Granone

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An anomalous course of the vagus nerve is an extremely rare congenital anomaly. We report the case of a 59-year-old man who had left lung cancer. We performed a left upper lobectomy and mediastinal lymphadenectomy, paying attention to the pathway of the left vagus nerve, which had an anomalous course passing anteriorly to the left pulmonary trunk between the apical and anterior branches. The left recurrent laryngeal nerve hooked around the lower border of the apical branch of the left pulmonary artery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-655
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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