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Coractation Of Aorta
Why coarctation of aorta in infantile, cause passes of the blood from pulmonary artery to the aorta through pda?
Plumbing!: Blood must get to the body, else the fetus would not survive. The same is true once the baby is born. In utero, blood flows from pulm artery (pa) to aorta (ao) normally. Once born, the blood continues to flow this way so that blood can get to the body. When the PDA closes, the child becomes very sick. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: By definition coarctation of the aorta is a abnormality of vascular embryology. At birth flow is adequate for the limited activity i the new born and early toddler years, but as children age, their growing bodies and activity out grows the narrowed aorta's ability to supply enough blood fast enough to keep up. ...Read more
Chest X-ray revealed "the aorta is unfolded and demonstrates atherosclerotic wall calcifications. The width of the cardiac contour is normal." ?
My recent chest x Ray said atherosclerotic tortuosity of aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta. Is this of any concern.
FURTHER W/U NEEDED: Usually the thoracic aorta will dilate slowly with age. If it is apparent already you need a determination of the size. A thoracic echo and possible TEE. To evaluate thoracic anatomy. And an abdominal US to evaluate abdominal aorta. Then consult a surgeon a surgeon for further recommendations as needed. You will need to monitor your blood pressure and keep it under tight control . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
It depends: Coarctation is usually detected routinely by noting a marked discrepancy in blood pressure between the arms and legs. This frequently is part of a work-up for severe hypertension--i.e. Resistant to medications, or occuring in an unusually young patient--which is a result of the obstruction to blood flow through the aorta (with build-up of pressure in the arms, where BP is routinely measured). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ultrasound shows artherosclerotic changes in the aorta! chest xray showed calcification of the aortic arch?
Accessory arteries: Normal variant of blood flow to kidney. ...Read more
What does "minimal ectasia
versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery" mean??
Is cardiomegaly the enlargement of the cardiac tissue or the dilation of the heart (increase in the volume/space)? confused
What does "No evidence of acute aortic pathology noted in the thoracic aorta." means on cardiac mri for morphology? Is thoracic aorta normal in size?
Aorta MRI: It means no vascular injury is seen;it does not necessarily mean the aorta is normal ...Read more
Yes: Well, most often the surgery does not have to be done that early. However, it can be done especially if the infant is not doing well. Way back in 1952, kirkland reported a successful operation in a 10 week old infant with coarctation and heart failure. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/6/3/411.full.pdf. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers