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what does tortuosity of the thoratic aorta mean?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Aorta: A tortuous aorta may have no symptoms. If there are symptoms they generally relate to obstructed blood flow related to the tortuosity. The symptom would depend on what wasn't getting good flow or perhaps some compression caused in adjacent organ by the tortuosity.
Answered on Jul 23, 2020
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Dr. Christian Assad
13 years experience Cardiology
The Aorta being Tortuous is not uncommon or dangerous but what is important to know is the clinical picture this comes 1) Example: Connective Tissue disorders (Ehler Danlos, Marfans) predispose for aortic aneurysms which may need surgical intervention 2) Size of growth ballpark 4.5-5 in Ascending 5.5-6 descending are near danger zone 3) Hypertension Tortuousity is not an issue, it is the picture
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Tortuous aorta: it means the aorta is twisting slightly rather than following a straight course through the chest. It is not a reason to be worried.
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