Status of patients 5 or more years after correction of coarctation of the aorta over age 1 year.
In this retrospective study, we reviewed the records of patients who had coarctectomies at the University of Virginia Hospital after 1 year of age. Follow-up data for 5 years or more after surgery were available for 52 patients. Data from 23 similar patients from the Medical College of Virginia brought the total postoperative sample size to 75. The blood pressure of this group of patients did not differ significantly from that of the population at large. We conclude that successful repair of coarctation of the aorta in childhood or early adolescence does not lead to a higher-than-expected incidence of resting hypertension in childhood.
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