When is transfer indicated for patients with coarctation of the aorta (CoA)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Syamasundar Rao Patnana, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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If coarctation of the aorta is prenatally diagnosed, the mother should deliver at or near a facility with expertise in caring for an infant with coarctation of the aorta. The facility should also have prostaglandin E1 available.

Infants who present early with severe coarctation of the aorta may require transfer to a facility with pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons skilled in the management of coarctation in seriously ill infants.

Consider transfer of older children, adolescents, and adults to a facility with cardiologists and surgeons with experience in the management of coarctation.


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