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Can swelling in the limbs be caused by coarctation of the aorta?
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Dr. Joshua Murphy
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not
It's unlikely that coarctation of the aorta will cause any form of swelling in the upper extremities or lower extremities.

In brief: Usually not
It's unlikely that coarctation of the aorta will cause any form of swelling in the upper extremities or lower extremities.
Dr. Joshua Murphy
Dr. Joshua Murphy
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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
If you have long standing significant coarctation bad enough to cause hypertension, the cardiac failure secondary to the hypertension can cause swelling of the extremities like te cardiac failure from any other cause.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Possible but...
Coarctation generally doesn't cause swelling.
It is possible if the coarctation caused significantly decreased heart function. But this, again, would be uncommon and likely associated with other significant problems. Coarctation most often leads to hypertension in older children and adults.

In brief: Possible but...
Coarctation generally doesn't cause swelling.
It is possible if the coarctation caused significantly decreased heart function. But this, again, would be uncommon and likely associated with other significant problems. Coarctation most often leads to hypertension in older children and adults.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: No
It will give you a difference in blood pressure between the arms and the legs, with decreased pulse in the legs, leading to congestive heart failure.
And at the end, the heart may fail, leading to edema.

In brief: No
It will give you a difference in blood pressure between the arms and the legs, with decreased pulse in the legs, leading to congestive heart failure.
And at the end, the heart may fail, leading to edema.
Dr. Charles Jost
Dr. Charles Jost
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