alexa Vascular rings--presentation, investigation and outcome.


Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

Author(s): Turner A, Gavel G, Coutts J

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Our aim was to determine the presentation of patients with vascular rings and evaluate the effectiveness of investigations. Surgical outcomes and respiratory sequelae were also examined. The design was a retrospective case note study over a 13-year period set in a tertiary children's hospital. Children below the age of 16 years presenting with a vascular ring to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow were studied. Demographic data at presentation, including symptoms, were recorded. The ability of diagnostic investigations to identify the presence of a vascular ring was evaluated. Surgical outcomes were determined by measuring surgical complications and mortality. Respiratory sequelae were recorded by the presence of persistent symptoms or the need for tracheostomy or long-term ventilation following surgery. A total of 24 patients were identified with a median age at presentation of 4.5 months. Stridor was the commonest presenting symptom (14/24). Angiography, chest CT scanning and MRI were the most accurate imaging modalities (accurate in 100\% of cases used). Chest X-ray films and echocardiography had the lowest detection rates. Surgical complications (4/24) and mortality (1/24) were low. A substantial number of patients available to follow-up (7/20) were still experiencing stridor 3 months post-operatively. CONCLUSION: Vascular rings are rare, however, often present with common symptoms. Most children present in early infancy, but a minority presents much later. The investigation of choice is a barium swallow followed by high-resolution computed tomography. Surgery is safe although a number of patients will have persisting symptoms. This article was published in Eur J Pediatr and referenced in Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

Relevant Expert PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version