A vascular ring is a defect of the aorta and nearby large vessels. The aorta is the large artery that carries blood from the heart to the body. Sometimes, the aorta and nearby large vessels form in unusual positions. The trachea and esophagus can become pressed by the “ring” formed by these vessels. The defect can be:
Double aortic arch
Right aortic arch
It may be found when a child is a baby, but it is often found later in life.
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Kari Kassir, MD
Last Updated: 5/12/2020
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