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Semin Intervent Radiol. 2007 Jun;24(2):141-52. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-980040.

Aortic development and anomalies.

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Department of Radiology, Federal Hospital of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria.


Development of the aorta takes place during the third week of gestation. It is a complex process that can lead to a variety of congenital variants and pathological anomalies. In diagnostic and interventional radiology, knowledge of aortic abnormalities and variant branching sequence is crucially important. This article gives a systematic overview of anatomical variability of the aorta.


Thoracic aorta; anatomical variants; embryology

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