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Dilated Aorta caused by Connective Tissue Disorders Program

Dilated Aorta caused by Connective Tissue Disorders Program

Proven, comprehensive care for your child, backed by a team of experts

The Pediatric Dilated Aorta caused by Connective Tissue Disorders Program at Children’s Health℠ provides personalized care and treatment plans for children with dilated aortas. We bring together multidisciplinary specialists in children’s cardiology, genetics, ophthalmology, cardiac surgery, orthopedics and more to meet your child’s needs and answer your questions.

Conditions We Treat

  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Beals Syndrome
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Congenital Contractural Arachnodactyly
  • Connective tissue disorder
  • Dilated Aorta
  • Ectopia Lentis Syndrome
  • Familial Aortic Aneurysm
  • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
  • MASS Phenotype
  • Shprintzen-Goldberg Syndrome
normal aorta, dilated aorta and corrected aorta

Understanding a complex condition


The aorta is the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body. A dilated (or expanded) aorta can be caused by several different conditions, including a connective tissue disorder that may be inherited and impact other areas of your child’s health.

The earlier your child receives treatment, the more likely it is they will avoid complications – and live healthier, longer lives.

Connective Tissue Disorder specialists

Every year, we diagnose and care for large numbers of children living with dilated aortas caused by conditions such as connective tissue disorders (Marfan and Loeys Dietz syndromes). Some of these conditions can also be associated with mitral valve disease, arrhythmias and other cardiac conditions. Our specialists have extensive training and are committed to advancing the care available to children in North Texas and around the country.

Tailored treatment for better outcomes

Our team will create a comprehensive care treatment plan tailored specifically for your child’s dilated aorta. Our goal is to prevent future complications and help your child live a full and healthy life. We offer access to outstanding care, including:

  • Cardiac screening: The specialists at Children’s Health thoroughly screen your child for any problems, including dilated aorta, mitral valve disease and arrhythmias. We aim to identify serious cardiac complications early.
Dr. Mahony's unique competency mixed with her personal approach helped us make an incredibly difficult decision regarding our child. That decision immediately led to life changing results in her health.
Alexandra, Patient parent
  • A wide-range of treatment options: Doctors at Children’s Health manage your child’s condition with medications if at all possible. If your child’s health requires a more intensive treatment we have non-invasive therapies available and, if needed, an exceptional surgical team ready to help.
  • Genetic testing: A dilated aorta tends to be inherited, or passed down, through families. If we suspect your child may have one of these conditions, the doctors will work with your family and order genetic testing.
  • Coordinated care across medical disciplines: Because connective tissue disorders affect your child’s whole body, our doctors collaborate with other medical specialists. Our doctors coordinate referrals and other medical tests for your child. They also educate your family about your child’s complex medical condition. We work to streamline your child’s care as much as possible.
  • Compassionate counseling: The diagnosis of a dilated aorta is life-changing. The doctors, social workers and psychologists at Children’s Health compassionately counsel your child. We help them come to terms with their diagnosis and plan for a life filled with meaning. 
  • Family support and follow-up: We help educate your family and check in with your child frequently about their care. We want to ensure it is progressing as smoothly as possible and all questions are answered throughout the process. 

Meet the Care Team