Congenital Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm and Aortico-Left Ventricular Tunnel

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Congenital Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm and Aortico-Left Ventricular Tunnel


Expert, Rapid Care for Rare Heart Defects in Children


Smiling boy looking healthy after Congenital Sinus of Valsalva treatment.

 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 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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Services We Offer for Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm

Services We Offer for Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm


The expert teams in our Nemours Cardiac Center locations offer a full range of pediatric heart care for rare congenital heart defects like sinus of Valsalva aneurysm/aortico-left ventricular tunnel. Services vary by specialist and location, but may include:

  • Cardiac Catheterization. A procedure used to diagnose or treat cardiac problems by inserting a thin plastic, flexible tube (called a “catheter”) into an artery or vein, and threading it through the bloodstream into the heart and its large blood vessels. 
  • Cardiac Diagnostics and Kid-Friendly Imaging. State-of-the-art, noninvasive and minimally invasive tests for kids of all ages, including babies still in the womb. 
  • Cardiology. Your child’s cardiologist will provide long-term treatment including medications, monitoring and preventive care.  
  • Heart Surgery. We offer advanced procedures to repair congenital heart defects, performed by board-certified, fellowship-trained cardiothoracic surgeons. 
Why Choose Us for Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm

Why Choose Us for Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm


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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Regional Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm Highlights

Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

Ranked in best children's hospitals for cardiac care.

We offer offer care for children with sinus of Valsalva aneurysm at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.

The Nemours Cardiac Center located at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report.

We offer care for children with sinus of Valsalva aneurysm at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.  

Our renowned pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery team at the Nemours Cardiac Center in Central Florida offers inpatient, critical and surgical care at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando — including dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists and state-of-the-art cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). 

We offer care for children with sinus of Valsalva aneurysm at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate, West Florida Healthcare, with outpatient and follow-up appointments also available at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

Our Nemours Cardiac Center in Pensacola is home to one of the few accredited pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography labs in Florida and, if needed, can facilitate the transfer of extremely ill children between our Nemours Cardiac Center locations (e.g., to Nemours Children’s Hospital).  

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