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June 1971

Recurrent Coarctation of the Thoracic Aorta

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Division of Cardiology, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(6):556-558. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350060020007

Recurrences have developed in seven of 24 long-term survivors following surgical treatment for coarctation of the aorta in infancy. Two of these patients have been operated upon a second time. Findings at operation were similar in both cases. Second operations in infancy should be reserved for those who are symptomatic or who have a persistent significant gradient. The mechanism for these recurrences remains obscure.