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What Does An Enlarged Aorta Mean
Had an X-ray a while ago and everything is normal. Heart is not enlarge but aorta is tortous. What does it mean?
You're not a kid: It means you're getting older. Tortuosity of the aortic is harmless but is a sign of aging ...Read more
X-ray results were "Everything is normal. Heart is not enlarged but aorta is tortous." What does this mean?
Tortuous aorta: It means the aorta takes a somewhat twisting course in the thorax and/or abdomen. It is not necessarily pathologic although it isn't strictly normal. ...Read more
It might: Typically an enlarged aorta is due to an anuerysm. The anueysm may or may not contain cholesterol plaque. Aortic aneurysms are repaired once they reach a certain size due to the risk of rupture. People with aortic anuerysms should follow up routinely with a vascular specialist for ongoing management of the condition (cardiologist or vascular surgeon). ...Read more
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
What does it mean: discrete enlarged mid para aortic and mesenteric nodes, the largest is 19mmx11mm?
Why did you have CT?:
Unless you have some abdominal symptoms or disease of the nodes anywhere else, this report is fairly benign.
Lymph nodes can be benign as long as they are smaller than 2cm and Not growing in size. You need to give us history of your health/symptoms so that we can relate the test to your symptoms. ...Read more
What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013
Question for your Dr: Whoever ordered the CT scan (primary doctor / oncologist) should interpret the scan report for you - it's important to follow-up after test. Asymmetric thickening means that one wall / side of the colon in these parts (the 1st part) is thicker than the other wall. The lymph nodes on either side of this thickened colon are enlarged. These are non-specific. A recurrence is poss, but a biopsy needed. ...Read more
CT scan (for kidney stone) showed enlarged spleen, enlarged para-aortic lymph node, & diffusely hypodense liver-no lesions. What can this mean?
Few things: High blood pressure, a congenital condition like Marfan syndrome, or structural heart disease like having a bicuspid valve or aortic regurgitation. It can be fatal if the aorta gets beyond a certain size. There is debate and each patient is different, but most surgeons would elect to replace an aorta that is bigger than about 50-52 mm in diamter. ...Read more
Turtuous Aorta: A tortuous aorta is an aorta with anatomical abnormalities which cause it to be distorted in shape or path. Some people have a tortuous aorta and experience no ill health effects as a result of their slightly unusual anatomy, while others can experience complications. The area involved may affect Blood pressure and increase risk of Atherosclerosis, so be sure to simply get regular appts for F/U. ...Read more
Huh?: It means that when you were formed in the uterus, your aorta curved to the right instead of to the left. Other than causing a funky looking chest x-ray, there isn't much significance to it. ...Read more
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