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An excessive widening of the vein that drains blood from a testicle, acting like a varicose vein of the scrotum.

Vascular Lesion Center

The pediatric vascular surgeons at Lurie Children's collaborate across specialties to treat children with the most innovative techniques available.

Vascular Rings

An unusual formation of the aorta and the blood vessels around it, which puts pressure on the trachea and esophagus, making breathing and eating difficult.

Vascular Rings Program

Lurie Children’s surgeons have advanced methods used to correct vascular rings, were the first in the world to repair a pulmonary artery sling and operate on more pulmonary artery slings than any other hospital in North America.


Any inflammation of the blood vessels – both arteries and veins. The size of the vessel, the amount of inflammation and its location determines the severity of the disease.

Vein of Galen Malformations

A rare congenital blood-vessel malformation in the brain, wherein blood rushes from arteries to veins, with no capillaries between to allow oxygenation of surrounding tissue.

Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (VPD)

Velopharyngeal dysfunction, or VPD, is a condition resulting from inadequate closure of the velopharyngeal port, or the opening between the nose and the mouth, during speech. Children with VPD have speech that is difficult to understand by others, as too much or too little sound comes from the nose. This is a common condition among children...

Venous Malformations

An abnormally formed collection of veins, also called a slow-flow malformation, which are present at birth, but may not become apparent until later in life or after an injury.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program

Lurie Children's Heart Center uses VADs to support the hearts of patients from infancy to young adulthood, including patients with end-stage cardiomyopathy and our most complex congenital heart disease populations. Learn more.

Ventricular Septal Defect

An opening between the two lower chambers of the heart.

Vesicoureteral Reflux

A relatively common condition in which urine backs up from the bladder into the kidneys.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Lurie Children's uses vestibular rehab to treat children, adolescents and teenagers who are recovering from concussions.