Also known as: vascular ring anomaly, double aortic arch, right aortic arch with left ligamentum arteriosum
What is Vascular Ring?
The aorta is a large artery that carries blood away from the heart and out to the rest of the body. When a vascular ring occurs, the aorta and/or its smaller branches develop in such a way that they form a ring around both the trachea (which carries air to the lungs) and the esophagus (which carries food to the stomach). There are different types of vascular rings all of which can cause a number of complications.
What causes vascular ring?
Vascular ring is a defect that babies are born with (congenital birth defect). The exact cause is not known.
What are the symptoms of vascular ring?
The most common symptoms of vascular ring are difficulty breathing and swallowing. Noisy breathing especially with eating is a common symptom of the condition. Difficulties eating or swallowing or vomiting often develop as a child introduces solid foods to the diet. Persistent cough, acid reflux and a sensation of something being stuck in the throat are other symptoms.
What are vascular ring care options?
Surgery is required to repair vascular rings to remove the obstruction that they cause to the trachea and esophagus.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: 6/12/2018 2:57:06 PM
From the Newsdesk
Renowned congenital heart surgeon, Dr. Kristine J. Guleserian of the Nicklaus Children’s Heart Program was honored with the 2018 AGBU New England District’s Global Excellence Award for her achievements and work in congenital heart surgery and heart transplantation in Dallas, Miami and throughout the world.
Meet Victoria, our June Patient of the Month! Before birth, Victoria, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). While Victoria's mother was pregnant with her, the left side of her heart did not form correctly, causing an urgent need for surgery just after birth to help restore its function, or Victoria would die. Fast-forward to today, and Victoria, now a teenager, is leading a healthy life with her family in South Florida. She enjoys music and playing basketball with her siblings.