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Doctor insights on: Ectatic Thoracic Aorta

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


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What is "tortuous thoracic aorta and is it serious?

No : It's a radiographic description and it has no clinical implications. It doesn't cause symptoms and it isn't a risk factor for rupture. ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does unfolding of descending thoracic aorta mean?

Can docs explain what does unfolding of descending thoracic aorta mean?

Xray: This is a chest xray appearance of a widening of the normal aortic arch curve in the superior thorax. It does not necessarily have pathologic import though it is often seen in older patients and those with hypertension and atherosclerotic disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the heart is enlarged in transverse diameter with unfolding thoracic aorta?

What does it mean if the heart is enlarged in transverse diameter with unfolding thoracic aorta?

U r reading too much: You read technical phrases on an echocardiogram that by itself and without a clinical context has very little meaning. Discuss the whole report with the person who ordered it and DO NOT waste time, energy and anxiety reading technical jargon that may not mean much. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does "the heart is enlarged in transverse diameter with unfolding thoracic aorta" mean?

Please tell me what does "the heart is enlarged in transverse diameter with unfolding thoracic aorta" mean?

Enlarged heart: Unfolding of aorta - probably you are born with it. Nothing much to worry. Enlarged heart- you have to undergo further cardiac work-up like echo or cardiac MRI to know the underlying etiology for cardiomegaly. ...Read more

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What tests can u do to see if u have a thoracic aneurysm? Also how big percentage of aneurysms is located at thoracic aorta and what's the symptoms?

What tests can u do to see if u have a thoracic aneurysm? Also how big percentage of aneurysms is located at thoracic aorta and what's the symptoms?

See below: Echocardiogram to screen, CT with contrast to confirm. There are NO symptoms until it dissects - then severe, tearing pain, shock and death. The percentage depends on other associated health conditions you may (and probably don't) have. Unless you have Marfan's syndrome, a bicuspid aortic valve, or a strong family history of them, thoracic aortic aneurysms are very rare. ...Read more

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Heart enlarged tortuosity of the thoracic aorta ?

Heart enlarged tortuosity of the thoracic aorta ?

Enlarged heart: It is better you have it looked at it by a Cardiologist. This sounds like a Xray finding. Heart size could be better evaluated by other nonivasive testings like echocardiogram. ...Read more

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