AC that is not treated can lead to
heart failure. Treatment depends on a child's age and symptoms. Choices are:
Treatment for Newborns
Treatment is needed right away. Medicines may be used to help blood flow to all parts of the body and to help the heart work better. Surgery may be done to take out the narrow section of the aorta and reconnect the two healthier ends.
Treatment for Children
Children may be given medicine to reduce fluid buildup. The doctor may also advise surgery. Choices are:
Resection to take out the narrow section of the aorta and reconnect the two healthier ends
Subclavian flap aortoplasty to make the area larger using a patch or part of the artery
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Last reviewed September 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Kari Kassir, MD
Last Updated: 5/5/2021
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