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Aortic arch syndrome


Alternative Names:

Subclavian artery occlusive syndrome; Carotid artery occlusion syndrome; Subclavian steal syndrome; Vertebral-basilar artery occlusive syndrome

Symptoms:

Symptoms vary according to the affected artery, but may include:

  • Neurological changes such as:
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred vision
    • Weakness
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Breathing problems
  • Numbness of an arm
  • Reduced pulse
  • Transient ischemic attacks
Treatment:

Surgery is usually required to treat the underlying cause of aortic arch syndrome.

References:

Braverman AC, Thompson RW, Sanchez LA. Diseases of the Aorta. In: Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa:Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 60.

Isselbacher EM. Diseases of the Aorta. In: Goldman L,Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier;2011:chap 78.


Review Date: 6/7/2012
Reviewed By: Glenn Gandelman, MD, MPH, FACC Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, and in private practice specializing in cardiovascular disease in Greenwich, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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