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Cat scan showed 2 mm mass beside aorta.Gen. Doc wants pet/mri/other tests & other specialist appts set up. What ?S should I be asking?

Cat scan showed 2 mm mass beside aorta.Gen. Doc wants pet/mri/other tests & other specialist appts set up. What ?S should I be asking?

2 mm, really?: If the mass is really 2 mm, it is too small for pet. If it is 2 cm, then pet may be helpful. ?S to ask - what organ is it originating from - if the aorta, consider a consult with a cardiologist. ? - was it seen on any older scans - if, in retrospect, it was there 2 years ago and unchanged, then it is probably benign. Why was ct done in the first place? ...Read more

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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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Cat showed 2 CM mass beside my aorta.History of cancer.Gen doc wants pet/mri/other tests & other specialist appts set up. What ?'s should I be asking?

Cat showed 2 CM mass beside my aorta.History of cancer.Gen doc wants pet/mri/other tests & other specialist appts set up. What ?'s should I be asking?

Concerning: Given your cancer history, your doc is likely concerned this may be related. The other imaging tests (pet/mri) will confirm this and see if there is spread anywhere else in your body (staging). Your doc will also want a biopsy of the 2 cm mass so a pathologist can determine exactly what it is. This helps determine treatment. The questions/answers will come after all the tests are done. ...Read more

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Can anything be done for an aorta that is embedded in an abodominal mass?

Can anything be done for an aorta that is embedded in an abodominal mass?

Depend: It depend on what kind of mass it is, typically it is very dangerous to separate aorta from the mass. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed 1.4x1.4 CM ill defined mass right hilum.Too small to biopsy? 2.5cmx1.5 CM lymph node between aorta and IVC below renal hilum.concerns?

Ct scan showed 1.4x1.4 CM ill defined mass right hilum.Too small to biopsy? 2.5cmx1.5 CM lymph node between aorta and IVC below renal hilum.concerns?

Lymph nodes: Difficult issue,from your description the larger node might be amenable to biopsy.Why are you having the CT performed? Short term follow up CT or other additional imaging should help ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

Extremely serious: Even in your brief description, you mention 2 worrisome features: size and proximity to the aorta. It's beyond the scope of this forum to speculate on his prognosis, but i think you're aware that your father is in trouble. Talk with his oncologist. There are several types of lung cancer and some are more sensitive to chemotherapy or radiation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? even more so after use of drugs? Mostly about the symptom of a mass underneath the

Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? even more so after use of drugs? Mostly about the symptom of a mass underneath the

Aneurysm: an aneurysm is usually asymptomatic, and becomes symptomatic when it enlarges enough. If you can feel a mass and that's the aneurysm, you should have it addressed immediately because it means that it's large enough to create problems ...Read more

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Is it possible to move an aortic anyreusm around the abdomen? I can move a hard like mass from the top to the bottom. Family history of aaa. I'm 25

Is it possible to move an aortic anyreusm around the abdomen? I can move a hard like mass from the top to the bottom.  Family history of aaa. I'm 25

Could..: It is definitely possible but very rare at your age. However, I don't have a full history on your conditions so you would need to see your doctor for evaluation and final diagnosis. ...Read more

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There is a lobulated soft tissue mass noted in the para aortic region involving the ports hepatis. The mass is inseparable from the head of the pancreas. This lobulated mass measures approx 10.8 x 8.2 CM axially.. What does this (likely) indicate? Cancer

There is a lobulated soft tissue mass noted in the para aortic region involving the ports hepatis. The mass is inseparable from the head of the pancreas. This lobulated mass measures approx 10.8 x 8.2 CM axially..  What does this (likely) indicate? Cancer

Possibilities: A lot depends on the age of the patient. If it is a young woman, the most likely cause is called a pseudopapillary tumor. These generally have a good outcome. Other possibilities include pancreatic adenocarcinoma, neuroendocrine tumors, or benign processes like pancreatic rests, duodenal diverticuli, or cysts (pancreatic or biliary). Depending on the appearance, a biopsy is often helpful. ...Read more

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What is slight unfolding of aorta?

What is slight unfolding of aorta?

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 is the normal psi of your aorta?

What is the normal psi of your aorta?

2-3.5 PSI: Pressure in the aorta is measured in mm of mercury, or mmhg. To convert to psi, divide normal aortic pressure of 100-180 mmhg by 10 to get cmhg, then use any simple conversion chart or app. It works out to 1.9 to 3.5 psi. Curious as to why you would want to know this though? ...Read more

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What is atheroselerotic disease of aorta?

Cholesterol plaques: Atherosclerosis literally means "hardening of the arteries" which is caused by plaques or buildup of cholesterol along with immune cells and scar tissue inside the walls of blood vessels. This can occur in any blood vessel in the body, including the aorta, which is the large artery that delivers blood out to the body from the heart. ...Read more

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What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

Atherosclerosis: . Meaning tortuosity- ? As the tissue hardens they may extend and kink a bit. ...Read more

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Why does the aorta pulse?

Why does the aorta pulse?

Because heart pumps: Aorta is the largest artery in the body. It carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The heart pushes the blood into the aorta by contracting and then relaxes to receive blood. After filling up the heart pumps the blood again into the aorta- and this contraction and relaxation of the heart causes a pulse which can be felt in aorta & all arteries. ...Read more

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How can you measure aorta size?

How can you measure aorta size?

Ultrasound, but...: The two primary ways we measure the aorta is by ultrasound or ct scanning. Each modality has its pros and cons. While ultrasound is the preferred screening and first-line method of aortic imaging, one caveat to keep in mind is that it does tend to overestimate the size of the abdominal aorta and it is not practical for imaging of the thoracic aorta. Ct is more accurate though not cost-effective. ...Read more

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Is a cyst on the aorta dangerous?

Vascular surgeon: Any growth or swelling or cyst or aorta is of great concern. This must be checked out with vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What causes a mildly ectatic aorta?

A few: Hypertension , atherosclerosis , or genetics. Usually treating risk factors are enough along with surveilence ...Read more

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Is coarectation if the aorta severe?

Is coarectation if the aorta severe?

Coarctation of aorta: Coarctation of the aorta (coa) is a relatively common defect that accounts for 5-8% of all congenital heart defects. The diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta may be missed and diagnosis is often delayed until the patient develops congestive heart failure (chf), which is common in infants, or hypertension, which is common in older children. Coa is a lifelong disease with a guarded prognosis. ...Read more

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What kind of tumors grow on the aorta?

Mostly sarcomas: While rare, tumors of aorta do occur in both thoracic and abdominal aorta with equal frequency.. Histologically, sarcomas constitute the majority of primary aortic tumors, with the malignant fibrous histiocytoma subtype being most common. They arise in the intima and grow along the intimal surface and into aortic lumen forming polypoid masses but tend to not invade the aortic wall. ...Read more

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Can my swollen aorta be shrunk in any way??

Can my swollen aorta be shrunk in any way??

Not sure: what you mean by swollen aorta. Do you have an aneurysm? They cannot be shrunk...if they are large enough to require intervention, the treatment is usually endovascular stenting or surgical repair. ...Read more