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Int J Cardiol. 2005 Jun 8;101(3):399-406.

Late complications in patients after repair of aortic coarctation: implications for management.

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Department of Cardiology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Survival of patients with aortic coarctation has dramatically improved after surgical repair became available and the number of patients who were operated and reach adulthood is steadily increasing. However, life expectancy is still not as normal as in unaffected peers. Cardiovascular complications are frequent and require indefinite follow-up. Concern falls chiefly in seven categories: recoarctation, aortic aneurysm formation or aortic dissection, coexisting bicuspid aortic valve, endocarditis, premature coronary atherosclerosis, cerebrovascular accidents and systemic hypertension. In this review, these complications, with particular reference to late hypertension, are discussed and strategies for the clinical management of post-coarctectomy patients are described.

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