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AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2006 Aug;27(7):1541-2.

Bovine aortic arch variant in humans: clarification of a common misnomer.

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Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


The term "bovine arch" is widely used to describe a common anatomic variant of the human aortic arch branching. This so-called bovine aortic arch has no resemblance to the bovine aortic arch. We describe the most common human aortic arch branching patterns and compare these with the bovine aortic arch.

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