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Interrupted Aortic Arch Treatment

Babies with interrupted aortic arch need surgery during the first week of life.

Before surgery takes place, your baby will need medicine (prostaglandin) that keeps the ductus arteriosus (the blood vessel between the pulmonary artery and aorta) open so blood can get to the rest of the body.

Surgery will connect the two separate parts of the aorta, close the ventricular septal defect (if there is one) and close the patent (open) ductus arteriosus. Often these steps can all be done during the same surgery. Your doctor may need to do more than one surgery depending on your baby’s condition, like the size and position of their ventricular septal defect.

To meet your child’s long-term healthcare needs, we have a special Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program to transition your child to adult care when they’re ready.

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Summer 2014: Good Growing Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Understanding the Power and Influence of Role Models
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