An aortic aneurysm is a bulging weak spot in the aorta, the main blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the body. The blood in the aorta is under pressure and pushes out on the weak spot. This forms a bulge that can grow over time. Aortic aneurysms are a concern because blood clots can form inside them and they can block blood flow to the body.
Only a handful of pediatric heart surgeons in the country perform operations on infants and children with aortic aneurysms (especially large ones) after having congenital heart defect surgery.
Surgery to repair these problems is complex and highly specialized — it requires unique expertise. We have the skills and experience required for swift diagnosis and repair.
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Sometimes babies are born with an aortic aneurysm. It also can happen in kids who had surgery for a congenital (present at birth) heart defect.
At Nemours, we’re experienced in complex operations to treat an aortic aneurysm by either:
In addition to heart surgery, our services include cardiac diagnostic testing like cardiac catheterization, cardiac MRI, and cardiac-related genetic testing and counseling. We also offer preventive cardiology care and rehabilitation services.
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Surgery for an aortic aneurysm takes special skill and knowledge, especially when it comes to children with other heart conditions. At Nemours Cardiac Center we use the most advanced, up-to-date approaches. We offer:
The Nemours Cardiac Center, Delaware Valley is a place where children get advanced heart care. From heart murmurs to heart transplants, we take care of all pediatric heart problems, big and small. Plus, we have more than 30 other medical and surgical specialties ready to help if needed. Learn more about our care.
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