A vascular ring is a defect of the aorta and nearby large vessels. The aorta is the large artery that carries blood from the heart to the body. When the aorta and nearby large vessels form in abnormal positions, the trachea and esophagus can become constricted by the “ring” formed by these abnormal vessels. Examples of this type of defect include:
- Double aortic arch
- Right aortic arch
While vascular ring may be detected in infancy, it is often discovered later in life.
Heart and Main Vessels
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Last reviewedJune 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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