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Thief River Falls, MN
A 32-year-old female asked:

What is an aortic enlargment? is it normal on a 14 year old? our dr still has to talk to cardiology? is this all normal?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Not normal: Certainly needs further work-up by pediatric cardiologist. Undiagnosed coarctation or Marfan syndrome are among the possibilities.
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not ususally: The aorta is the large artery that comes out of the heart and carries blood to the rest of the body and smaller arteries. Enlargement could be a normal variation or could be a problem that needs attention.. I agree with your doctor that you see cardiology to make sure this is not something to be concerned about.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Depends: How "enlarged" it is...Is there a concomitant aortic valve abnormality? Was this detected on chest x-ray? (often non specific). Echo & MRI & consult with a cardiologist should clarify all.
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Last updated Feb 18, 2015

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