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Normally, the aorta develops from one in a series of symmetrical arches. By the end of the second month of fetal development, the other arches are naturally broken down or formed into arteries. When a vascular ring occurs, certain arches that should have disappeared still remain and form a ring structure.
There are several types of vascular rings, but the two most common of these are:
Since vascular rings encircle and press on the esophagus and trachea, your child may experience symptoms of obstruction. Symptoms range widely depending on how severe the compression is. Typically, if the condition is severe, symptoms occur during infancy, even as early as the first months of life. Common symptoms your child may experience include:
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