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What To Do With Tortuous Thoracic Aorta
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would a tortuous thoracic aorta prevent me from having vertical gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss ?
Ht: due to Ht the widens before enlargement if BP is not controlled ...Read more
Aorta: 2.5 to 3.5cm range.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
The ascending thoracic aorta is mildly ectatic 3.7cm in diameter. The remaining visualized thoracic aorta is within normal limits. Is there any problem?
Not much reason : For concern on the data provided.Get a more detailed answer ›