Double Aortic Arch
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(rollover to compare with normal) What Are Its Effects?

The symptoms associated with this defect involve the constriction of the trachea (wind-pipe) and/or esophagus by the surrounding branches of the aorta.

In the former case, breathing may be difficult as the trachea is compressed, resulting in wheezing or other respiratory distress.

In the latter case, solid food may not be easily swallowed as the aortic branches narrow the esophagus, and vomiting or choking may occur.