Congenital vascular rings: A clinical challenge for the pediatrician

Amelia Licari, Enrica Manca, Gaetana Anna Rispoli, Savina Mannarino, Gloria Pelizzo, Gian Luigi Marseglia

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Vascular rings are congenital anomalies that lead to variable degrees of respiratory problems or feeding difficulties by forming a complete or partial ring compressing the trachea, the bronchi, and the esophagus. The clinical diagnosis of vascular rings is often challenging for the pediatrician because the clinical manifestations are heterogeneous and nonspecific. Symptoms can vary from wheezing, stridor, dyspnea, and/or dysphagia to life-threatening conditions; however, they may not be present. The aim of this study is to review the recent literature on this subject and describe new developments in diagnostics and imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-524
Number of pages14
JournalPediatric Pulmonology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015


  • cardiovascular anomalies
  • dysphagia
  • stridor
  • trachea-esophageal compression
  • Vascular rings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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