Interrupted Aortic Arch is a very rarely occurring disorder where the aorta is not fully developed and thus it affects your overall heart functions. The symptoms of the same include abnormalities in the cardiac functions that are see in breathlessness, pain in the chest, etc. It is also accompanied with a problem called Digeorge Syndrome and hampers your everyday life. Loss of appetite, lack of blood flow and paleness are accompanied.
HOW IS INTERRUPTED AORTIC ARCH DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same would be done by a cardiology expert who would run an echocardiogram or ECG to test the defect. In majority of the cases the diagnosis is done right after birth.
HOW IS INTERRUPTED AORTIC ARCH TREATED?
It is treated with surgery to repair the aorta and restore the correct arch. Goals of treatment are aimed at stabilizing and supporting the infant until surgical intervention. During surgery, the surgeon will remove the PDA and close its opening to the pulmonary artery. The surgeon will then connect the two ends of the aorta so that they form a complete and correct arch. Also, the ventricular septal defect (hole in the septum) is closed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Interrupted aortic arch is extremely fatal and if left untreated could lead to death within 4 days of birth.