Interrupted Aortic Arch is a rare heart defect that is characterized by incomplete development of the aorta, resulting in a gap between the ascending and descending thoracic aorta. Interrupted Aortic Arch can be detected in infants and newborns. Symptoms are:
• Poor perfusion
• Congestive heart failure
• Rapid breathing
• Poor feeding
• Fast heart rate
• Low oxygen levels
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?
The most common treatment for this problem is surgery or open heart surgery that is done right after birth. There is a high risk involved here and if not done, the child has a media age of just 4 days.
DID YOU KNOW?
Shock is a serious complication of Interrupted Aortic Arch in which the infant is pale, mottled and cool.