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Does coarctation of the aorta have any influence on the lymph drainage in an infant?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not usually: Simple coarctation shouldn't have any influence on lymph drainage at all. The systems are completely different. However there are a few syndromes that mess with things in the mediastinal area, the central cavity where the heart lays, that can affect both. However, they usually come with a host of other abnormalities.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
No: No . It is a different system . But some syndromes may have coarctation and lymphedema like in turner syndrome.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
After repair there may be a problem with lymph drainage related to s injury of the lymphatic vessels called chylothorax.
Feb 3, 2013
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 17 years experience
Not Directly: Coarctation itself should not directly affect lymph drainage. The thoracic duct runs near the aorta, but is generally not affected by coarctation. After surgery though, for other reasons, there may be issues with lymph drainage.

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