Vascular Ring and Aortic Uncrossing Program
Conditions We Treat



Care for the Full Range of Vascular Ring and Aortic Arch Conditions

Vascular rings and aortic arch (circumflex aorta) are congenital abnormalities, meaning they are present at birth. They occur when normal blood vessels form in the wrong location. The irregular location of these arteries can put pressure on or squeeze the airway or esophagus.

Children with these conditions have breathing problems, noisy breathing and worsening of breathing with feeding or an infection. Older children may experience choking and swallowing difficulties.

Our team cares for children with the following vascular ring and aortic arch conditions:

  • Circumflex aorta
  • Complete tracheal rings
  • Criss-cross aorta
  • Double aortic arch
  • Dysphasia lusoria (a left aortic arch with aberrant right subclavian artery)
  • Innominate artery compression syndrome
  • Pulmonary artery sling
  • Rare vascular rings
  • “Recurrent” vascular ring
  • Reoperation after vascular ring repair
  • Right aortic arch with aberrant left subclavian artery and tracheal stenosis