Progressive congenital valvar aortic stenosis during infancy: five cases

Pediatr Cardiol. 1997 Jan-Feb;18(1):35-7. doi: 10.1007/s002469900105.


We report our experience with asymptomatic valvar aortic stenosis diagnosed during infancy. During the period between November 1, 1986 and October 31, 1992 a total of 13 infants were diagnosed with asymptomatic aortic stenosis, 5 of whom showed rapid progression over the first 2 years of life. Two of these asymptomatic infants had severe aortic stenosis by 2 months of age, requiring intervention. We agree that aortic stenosis is a progressive lesion even in mild cases, but we emphasize the need for close clinical and echocardiographic follow-up of these asymptomatic children during infancy to prevent congestive heart failure and sudden death.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Valve Stenosis / congenital*
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis / diagnosis
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis / therapy
  • Disease Progression
  • Echocardiography, Doppler, Color
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male