Aortic Coarctation

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Aortic Coarctation

Aortic coarctation describes narrowing of the aorta, the large blood vessel leaving the heart to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the body. This narrowing forces the heart to work harder to pump the blood. It is a congenital condition, meaning it is present at birth, but sometimes is mild enough that it is not detected until adulthood. In babies, symptoms include pale skin, irratibility, sweating, and difficulty breathing. This can cause life-threatening complications if left untreated. Often if the coarctation presents in adolescence or adulthood, it is less severe and simply causes hypertension (high blood pressure). Some people may also get muscle weakness, shortness of breath, headaches, and nose bleeds. One should go to the doctor if chest pain or very high blood pressure are present, as these syptoms raise the risk of stroke, organ failure, or death. The causes of coarctation are unknown, though it often associates with other heart defects or women with Turner syndome, a genetic syndrome caused by a error or mutation in the DNA. A doctor can disagnose coarctation through a chest x-ray or other imaging tests like an echocardiogram. Aortic coarctation and other defects that often come with it are treated with surgery and medications.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Aortic Coarctation" returned 266 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Endovascular treatment of late thoracic aortic aneurysms after surgical repair of congenital aortic coarctation in childhood.
 

Author(s): Robert Juszkat, Bartlomiej Perek, Bartosz Zabicki, Olga Trojnarska, Marek Jemielity, Ryszard Staniszewski, Wiesław Smoczyk, Fryderyk Pukacki

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In some patients, local surgery-related complications are diagnosed many years after surgery for aortic coarctation. The purposes of this study were: (1) to systematically evaluate asymptomatic adults after Dacron patch repair in childhood, (2) to estimate the formation rate of secondary ...

Last Updated: 3 Jan 2014

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eComment. Late complications after aortic coarctation repair.
 

Author(s): Georgios Dimitrakakis, Dimitrios Challoumas, Inetzi A Dimitrakaki

Journal: Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2014 Jan;18(1):133-4.

 

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2013

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Endovascular management of an acquired aortobronchial fistula following aortic bypass for coarctation.
 

Author(s): Katie E O'Sullivan, Ferdia Bolster, Leo P Lawler, John Hurley

Journal: Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2014 Jan;18(1):131-3.

 

Aortobronchial fistula (ABF) in the setting of aortic coarctation repair is very rare but uniformly fatal if untreated. Endovascular stenting of the descending aorta is now the first-choice approach for ABF presenting with haemoptysis and offers a less-invasive technique with improved ...

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2013

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The terms "Aortic Coarctation" returned 11 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Technique of interventional repair in adult aortic coarctation.
 

Author(s): Stephan Kische, Henrik Schneider, Ibrahim Akin, Jasmin Ortak, Tim C Rehders, Tushar Chatterjee, Christoph A Nienaber, Hüseyin Ince

Journal: J. Vasc. Surg.. 2010 Jun;51(6):1550-9.

 

Surgical treatment of aortic coarctation has increased life expectancy and reduced mortality. Unfortunately, the average lifespan after repair remains only 35 to 50 years, and significant morbidity persists as a result of aneurysm formation, hypertension, accelerated coronary disease, ...

Last Updated: 21 May 2010

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Management of aortic coarctation in adults: endovascular versus surgical therapy.
 

Author(s): Aphrodite Anagnostopoulos-Tzifa

Journal: Hellenic J Cardiol. ;48(5):290-5.

 

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2007

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Dorsal pancreas agenesis and polysplenia/heterotaxy syndrome: a novel association with aortic coarctation and a review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Suraj Kapa, Ferga C Gleeson, Santhi Swaroop Vege

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Agenesis of the dorsal pancreas is very rare and may be associated with other congenital disease states. It has a rare association with polysplenia/heterotaxy syndrome. Most commonly, these states occur due to errors in development of the asymmetric organs and may be associated with ...

Last Updated: 12 Jul 2007

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Haemodynamics and Function of the Atria in Congenital Heart Disease by Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Coarctation of the Aorta; Tetralogy of Fallot; Transposition of the Great Arteries

 

Last Updated: 10 Jun 2014

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Genetic Analysis of PHACE Syndrome (Hemangioma With Other Congenital Anomalies)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: PHACE Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2013

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