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Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

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What is Vascular Ring?

A vascular ring is a malformation of the aortic arch, which is the main blood vessel leading from the heart. Due to this malformation, the aortic arch and its branches may partially or completely encircle the windpipe (trachea), the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach), or both, causing breathing and digestive issues.

Typical Symptoms of Vascular Ring

  • Nausea or vomiting after eating

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Face is persistently pale

  • Breathing faster than usual

  • Decreased responsiveness/expressiveness

  • Breathing is weaker than usual

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

  • Nausea or vomiting

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Vascular Ring

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you feel nauseous or throw up right after eating?

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Is your face always pale?

  • Is your breathing faster than usual?

  • Is your breathing weaker or shallower than usual?

Treatmentof Vascular Ring

Surgery is typically required to treat vascular rings that press against the trachea or esophagus and to prevent complications. Individuals with vascular rings may need lifelong care and regular follow-up appointments with specialists to monitor their conditions.

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References

  • Yoshimura N, Fukahara K, Yamashita A, Doi T, Yamashita S, Homma T, Yokoyama S, Aoki M, Higashida A, Shimada Y, Toritsuka D, Nagao K, Ikeno Y. Congenital vascular ring. Surg Today. 2020 Oct;50(10):1151-1158. doi: 10.1007/s00595-019-01907-5. Epub 2019 Nov 1. PMID: 31676999.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00595-019-01907-5

  • Backer CL, Mongé MC, Popescu AR, Eltayeb OM, Rastatter JC, Rigsby CK. Vascular rings. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jun;25(3):165-75. doi: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2016.02.009. Epub 2016 Feb 22. PMID: 27301603.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1055858616000238?via%3Dihub

  • Amir G, Soffair N, Bruckheimer E, Nachum E, Shoenfeld T, Rotstein A, Frenkel G, Birk E. Mid-term results of vascular ring surgery. Cardiol Young. 2021 Nov 15:1-6. doi: 10.1017/S1047951121004224. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34776035.

    https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/cardiology-in-the-young/article/abs/midterm-results-of-vascular-ring-surgery/8EFD3DF1F9C375C94BBE930954344D35

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Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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