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a 1 week old baby had a surgery for aortic coarctation. isn't it extremely likely after end to end anastomosis that thelayers of aortic artery become prone to problems?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
Extremely likely?: No but it is a small possibility.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Not Extremely: Only ~10-20% of patients develop significant re-coarctation after surgical repair in infancy. Those can often be treated in the cath lab. So i would respectfully disagree that the aorta is extremely prone to problems. We certainly need to monitor the child's growth/cardiovascular development, but the majority go on to do well.

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