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 A sinus of valsalva aneurysm (SOVA) can be a congenital (present at birth) or acquired heart defect. If not treated quickly, it can form a hole called an aortico-left ventricular tunnel. Our Nemours Children's Cardiac Center team has the experience and advanced pediatric imaging needed to diagnose and surgically repair rare heart defects like SOVA. If your child has congenital heart disease, our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons are here to answer your questions, ease your concerns and provide the latest treatment options. 

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World-class heart care requires the compassion to understand your family's journey, and the expertise to heal even the most complex conditions. Our cardiac surgeons treat a vast array of congenital heart defects in infants, children and teens, using the most innovative, up-to-date approaches. Our specialty is the early detection and repair of heart problems, so your child will have the best possible chance for a healthy future.

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