What are the indications for stents in the repair of coarctation of the aorta (CoA)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Syamasundar Rao Patnana, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Because of growth issues and the need for large sheaths for implantation, most cardiologists limit stent usage to adolescents and adults. The following are indications for using stent:

  • Long-segment coarctation

  • Associated hypoplasia of the isthmus or aortic arch

  • Tortuous coarctation with malalignment of the proximal and distal aortic segment

  • Recurrent aortic coarctation or an aneurysm following prior surgical or balloon therapy

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