Pulmonary artery sling is a rare condition where the left pulmonary artery (transports oxygen-depleted blood from the heart to the lungs) has an unusual starting place and route as it travels to the left lung. Usually, it would branch off from the main pulmonary artery. In a heart with pulmonary artery sling, it branches from the right pulmonary artery and passes between the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (tube that carries foods and liquids from the mouth
Pulmonary Artery Sling
Expert Diagnosis and Care for Rare Pulmonary Artery Disease in Children
to the stomach). This unusual path causes pressure on the trachea and esophagus. Because of this, all children with pulmonary artery sling will require surgery.
Pulmonary artery sling is a congenital heart defect, which means babies are born with it. At Nemours, we offer leading-edge capabilities to detect heart problems early, including babies still in the womb — giving children the best chance. If your child has been diagnosed with pulmonary artery sling, our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialists in surgical procedures of the chest, including the heart and lungs) will offer the latest treatment options, including advanced surgical repair techniques. The Nemours Cardiac Center teams offer the latest in research-backed care, delivered with compassion.
Services We Offer for Pulmonary Artery Sling
The expert teams in our Nemours Cardiac Center locations offer a full range of pediatric heart care to diagnose and treat pulmonary artery sling. Services vary by specialist and location, but may include:
- Fetal Diagnostics. Early detection in our perinatology and fetal medicine centers help us diagnose some congenital heart defects and make a treatment plan for when your baby’s born.
- Cardiac Diagnostic Testing. State-of-the-art, noninvasive and minimally invasive tests for kids of all ages, even babies still in the womb.
- Cardiology. Your child’s cardiologist will help with medications and monitoring, as well as long-term treatment plans.
- 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.
- Heart Surgery. Surgical repair is needed for pulmonary artery sling and will probably be done as soon as your baby is born to position the artery and take pressure off and possibly repair the trachea or esophagus.
Why Choose Us for Pulmonary Artery Sling Care
Our Nemours Cardiac Center team has the experience to provide diagnosis and treatment of even rare pediatric heart defects like pulmonary artery sling. 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 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.
Regional Pulmonary Artery Sling Highlights
Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer care for newborns and children with pulmonary artery sling care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.
The Nemours Cardiac Center located at 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 newborns and children with pulmonary artery sling care 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 pulmonary artery sling care 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).