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Coarctation of the Aorta

Coarctation of the Aorta in the heart, showing the descending aorta, left ventricle, right ventricle, right atrium, and pulmonary artery.

Coarctation of the aorta is defined as a narrowing of the upper thoracic aorta. To repair this defect, the aorta is clamped on either side of the narrowing, the segment of narrowing is removed, and the two ends of the aorta are sewn together (end to end anastomosis). The two ends of the segment may also be joined using a graft.



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