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Causes Of Tortuous Aorta
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A tortuous aorta is one that is not straight (the normal condition) but does not contain and aneurysm. This may occur normally in older people or those with long standing hypertension.
It may also occur in younger people who have abnormal composition of their artery walls. In this circumstance it may be a warning of increased risk of aneurysm in the future
.By itself it is of no consequence ...Read more
Twisty: Tortuous simply implies that the aorta, which is usually runs a straight back from the upper chest through the belly, makes a lot of twists and turns. Tortuosity of the aorta, by itself, has few implications in health or disease. ...Read more
Tortuous vessel: No. Lots of people has tortuous vessels that never cause problems. That's not to say people with tortuous vessels can't have problems too but the tortuous vessels alone are very rarely the cause. ...Read more
Is their any factor that an old healed PTB (CXR 7months ago) can lead to Tortuous Aorta based for his recently CXR. (this for my husband).thank u, GBU?
No: Tortuous aorta is a harmless x-ray finding that occurs with normal aging. It does not increase the risk of aneurysm or rupture. It's not related to pulmonary TB. Follow up chest x-rays are wise after full treatment for TB, but don't let the tortuous aorta description worry you. It's just the radiologist doing his/her job! ...Read more
Got the first time in my xray result that I have tortuous aorta. Is this condition alarming? What medications are usually administered. I'm 54 yo mal
It means: The course of the aorta twists/turns more than normal. It is usually relatively straight. This is a fairly common finding as we age. There is no treatment per se, it is usually asymptomatic and an incidental finding on imaging. However, it could be a sign of atherosclerosis and/or hypertension, so talk to your doc. ...Read more
X-Ray Finding: This sounds like a report from a chest x-ray. Chest x-ray can detect whether a heart is enlarged or not. It can also look at the aorta and give a sense of whether the aorta has a normal "smooth" course or a more pronounced one. In and of themselves, these findings don't necessarily mean anything specific, and could need more followup tests. ...Read more
What does descending tortuous aorta mean and can this be attributable to frequent upper gastric pain? Many times severe enough to go to ER.
I had findings on a pre op chest xray blood workup. Ast/alt was 32 for each. In chest xray a 9mm nodular density at medial rt lung. Also tortuous aorta?
Liver no.'s: Not that bad- follow up nodular density with pcp, not much to do with aorta- were you a smoker? Are your lipids normal? --see your pcp. ...Read more
Can a mild tortuous descending thoracic aorta be caused by a 5cm hiatal hernia? Should this be a concern when having surgery for the hernia?
No, and no: The two issues are completely separate. I have seen dozens of occasions where the aorta is tortuous or not in the usual position in relation to the diaphragm during these types of hernia repairs. Make sure to see a general or thoracic surgeon with substantial experience in laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair for a consultation. Best of luck. ...Read more
I am a 58 yo female w/a tortuous calcified aorta showing on my back X-ray should I be concerned??
What is a tortuous thoracic aorta? Is it serious? Do I need to do anything? My doctor doesn't seem to be worried but then again he never seems to
Uusally normal: This is a common finding on a chest x-ray and in most cases is simply a slight twist in the otherwise normal curvature of the aorta. Uusally not serious. If you wish to be certain, a cardiologist can do an echocardiogram and in most cases determine if anything else, such an an aneurysm is present. Unfortunately "tortuous" is only a description, not a diagnosis. ...Read more
Interpretation: Tortuous = twisted. Atherosclerotic = cholesterol laden. Thoracic = chest. Aorta = major blood vessel from heart to internal organs & extremities. ...Read more
Would a tortuous thoracic aorta prevent me from having vertical gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss?
A recent chest x-ray revealed "a tortuous ascending and descending aorta, I am scheduled for surgery on my thyroid- there is a 3.7cm nodule on the lef?
An MRI to test for HCM says There is a tortuous descending aorta. There is an aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea?
MRI answers nothing: The MRI answers nothing about HCM. The descending aorta being tortuous points to a long history of hypertension, smoking, and/or high cholesterol. The right subclavian normally passes in front of (not behind) the windpipe. This anomaly probably doesn't mean much, u were probably born with it. With HCM, you want to get an idea of how narrow the outflow tract (aortic valve) is, which is not given. ...Read more
MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM. Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea.??
Mild thickening's OK: See my comment to your previous post regarding the other findings (tortuous aorta, subclavian artery). The mild thickening of the heart muscle is common, and not necessarily from HCM. It could be the effects of long-standing hypertension. Keeping ur BP low with a -pril or a -sartan (Enalapril, Valsartan, etc.) could even reverse the thickening of the heart. Thanks 4 ur question on HealthTap, & GL! ...Read more
Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?
See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It's a good idea to know what is causing the murmur. A tortuous aorta by itself may mean nothing. It can be cause by scoliosis or osteoporosis and loss of height. It often just needs to be followed. ...Read more
Best to do nothing.: Tortuous aorta is a finding on chest xray which is often associated with age. It just means that the aorta takes a winding path down the chest. This can sometimes be confused with other things in the chest such as aneurysm. The fact that the radiologist called it tortuous aorta means they are very confident that it is nothing else. There is no treatment for this since it is not really a problem. ...Read more