Vascular Ring | Diagnosis and Treatment

How is a vascular ring diagnosed?

If your child has any symptoms of a vascular ring — particularly noisy breathing or a weak pulse — your child’s doctor may refer you for testing. He or she may order one or more of the following tests to help diagnose this condition:

What are the treatment options for a vascular ring?

Children who don’t have symptoms may not need treatment. 

Children who have symptoms usually need to surgery to divide the vascular ring and relieve pressure on the windpipe and esophagus. 

What is the outlook for children with a vascular ring?

Children who have surgery for a vascular ring usually don’t need any other treatment or follow up. Those who don’t have surgery should see a cardiologist periodically to make sure the condition doesn’t get worse.