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Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Oct;88(4):1358-60. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.11.065.

Anomalous systemic arterial supply to separate lingular and basal segments of the lung: an anatomic consideration.

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Department of Chest Surgery, Tokyo Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.


A 22-year-old man was referred for hemoptysis and general fatigue after exercise. Arteriography demonstrated an anomalous artery arising from the descending aorta supplying the lingular and all of the basal segments of the left lung. The feeding areas of the pulmonary and anomalous arteries were mutually exclusive. He underwent division of the anomalous artery and combined resection of the diseased segments. The upper division of the upper lobe and the superior segment of the lower lobe were spared. His symptoms were greatly improved postoperatively. The preoperative anatomic evaluation of anomalous vessels is crucial in surgical management.

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