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High-riding brachiocephalic (innominate) artery during surgical tracheostomy


Two cases of a high-riding innominate artery, which were found during routine surgical tracheostomy. A cartilage flap was applied to cover the significant vessel to prevent the life-threatening complications. These two cases were followed up for 2 months without any adverse events. We discussed the related vascular anatomy, imaging studies and brief literature review.

  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • head and neck surgery
  • otolaryngology / ent
  • intensive care
  • emergency medicine
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