Synonyms: Arcus aortae
The aortic arch is located within the superior mediastinum at the height of the sternal manubrium. Laterally from the right and dorsolaterally to the left, it encompasses the pars cervicalis of the trachea above the tracheal bifurcation. There, is crosses the oesophagus and supplies the descending aorta, which extends behind the oesophagus.
The supra-aortic vessels arise from the aortic arch:
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