Double Aortic Arch Follow-up

Updated: Jan 12, 2015
  • Author: Doff B McElhinney, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Further Outpatient Care

Close follow-up observation should be maintained after repair of double aortic arch, especially in young children with persistent tracheomalacia or other respiratory symptoms.

Additional imaging or bronchoscopic evaluation is not indicated unless residual symptoms persist or other mitigating circumstances are present.

No dietary or activity restrictions are indicated after repair of an isolated vascular ring.


Patient Education

For the early posthospital period, educate parents concerning the possible persistence of symptoms, the potential benefit of prone positioning in patients with tracheomalacia, signs and symptoms of aspiration, and management of the thoracotomy incision.



No methods are known to prevent development of double aortic arch.