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Coarctation of aorta

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Updated 2024 EACTS/STS guidelines for the management of coarctation of aorta.


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The following summarized guidelines for the evaluation and management of coarctation of aorta are prepared by our editorial team based on guidelines from the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE/PES 2024), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS/EACTS 2024), the American Heart Association (AHA/ACC 2022,2021), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC 2021,2014), the American Heart Association (AHA 2019), the American College of ...
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Screening and diagnosis

indications for screening, hypertension: as per AAPA/ABC/ACC/ACPM/AGS/AHA/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA 2018 guidelines, obtain echocardiography to screen for CoA in patients with hypertension meeting any of the following criteria:
young patient with hypertension (< 30 years of age)
BP higher in upper extremities than in lower extremities
absent femoral pulses
continuous murmur over patient's back, chest, or abdominal bruit
left thoracotomy scar (postoperative).
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  • Indications for screening (bicuspid aortic valve)

  • Indications for screening (Turner's syndrome)

Diagnostic investigations

BP measurement: as per ACC/AHA 2022 guidelines, measure BP in both arms and one of the lower extremities in patients with CoA.

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  • Diagnostic imaging

  • Screening for intracranial aneurysms

Medical management

Setting of care: as per EACTS/STS 2024 guidelines, consider referring adult patients with a diagnosis of CoA to a specialized aortic center.

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  • Management of hypertension

Surgical interventions

Indications for procedural intervention: as per EACTS/STS 2024 guidelines, treat clinically significant CoA, either primary or recurrent.
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Specific circumstances

Patients with Turner's syndrome: as per ESE/PES 2024 guidelines, ensure informed, individualized decision-making about the timing of elective aortic surgery in adult patients with Turner syndrome, taking into account risk factors for aortic dissection, including moderate aortic dilation (aortic height index > 23 mm/m, aortic size index > 2.3 cm/m², or Z > 3.5) with at least one additional risk factor: bicuspid aortic valve, CoA, hypertension, or a rapid increase in aortic diameter (> 3 mm/year). Recognize that dissection risk probably increases if more than one additional risk factor is present. Evaluate for elective aortic surgery in case of severe aortic dilation (aortic height index > 25 mm/m, aortic size index > 2.5 cm/m², or Z > 4) as a single risk factor.
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