Exsanguination by subclavian-esophageal fistula associated with a left subclavian aneurysm

Reade A. Quinton, Joni L. McClain

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Aortic aneurysms are a common autopsy finding, but aneurysms confined exclusively to the subclavian arteries are rare. When found, they are typically associated with trauma, surgery, or aberrant vessel distribution. Subclavian-esophageal fistula formation is also rare, with the vast majority being related to aberrant vessel distribution or esophageal foreign bodies. Dicle et al. first reported a subclavian-esophageal fistula associated with a non-aberrant subclavian artery aneurysm in 1999 (1). The following case would mark the second report of that phenomenon, and the first in the setting of a forensic autopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-645
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2003


  • Forensic pathology
  • Forensic science
  • Subclavian aneurysm
  • Subclavian-esophageal fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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