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Interrupted aortic arch

Interrupted aortic arch
Classification & external resources
ICD-10 Q25.2 (EUROCAT)
ICD-9 747.11
eMedicine ped/2515 

Interrupted aortic arch is a very rare heart defect in which the aorta is not completely developed. There is a gap between the ascending and descending thoracic aorta. Almost all patients also have other cardiac anomalies.


It can be diagnosed with an echocardiogram.


Treatment consists of open heart surgery soon after birth. Awaiting surgery, prostaglandin can be administered to keep the ductus arteriosus open, thereby allowing blood flow to the lower body.

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