Aortosternal venous compression

Aortosternal venous compression refers to compression of the brachiocephalic vein as a result of its position between the sternum and the aorta(or regional arteries). It can occur with normal as well as variant anatomy (aberrant right subclavian artery 1).

Clinical presentation

It is asymptomatic in most cases although several symptomatic cases have been reported. Symptomatic patients may be have left upper arm and neck swelling.

History and etymology

The first symptomatic case of the innominate vein is thought to have been described by Dr A Wurtz in 1989 4.

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Article information

rID: 46240
System: Vascular
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Aortosternal compression of innominate vein
  • Aortosternal compression of brachiocephalic vein
  • Innominate vein compression syndrome

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