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Why did my geneticist suggest I get an aortic echo if I have a bunch of midline birth defects?

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Dr. Scott McLean
Clinical Genetics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Call her!

Your geneticist probably recognized a pattern or a theme in the midline birth defects you have, and she then thought that your aorta might also have some similar difference in the way it was structured, especially since the heart and aorta are in the midline.
But i'm just guessing. You absolutley should feel justified to call, email, or write to her and ask this important question.

In brief: Call her!

Your geneticist probably recognized a pattern or a theme in the midline birth defects you have, and she then thought that your aorta might also have some similar difference in the way it was structured, especially since the heart and aorta are in the midline.
But i'm just guessing. You absolutley should feel justified to call, email, or write to her and ask this important question.
Dr. Scott McLean
Dr. Scott McLean
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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Midline affect

An echo can look at the heart, not just the aorta and can see if there are any heart defects which are often associated with midline defects.

In brief: Midline affect

An echo can look at the heart, not just the aorta and can see if there are any heart defects which are often associated with midline defects.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Echo

He is worried about an aortic aneurysm, or dilatation of the aortic arch.
This can be detected by an echo. An aortic aneurysm can rupture and be life threatening.

In brief: Echo

He is worried about an aortic aneurysm, or dilatation of the aortic arch.
This can be detected by an echo. An aortic aneurysm can rupture and be life threatening.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Laterality anomalies

There exists several pattern syndromes that have "mirror image" placement of lung lobes, or other structures that reflect a developmental problem that starts at the mid-line.
One of the most important organs that has mid-line status is the heart, and finding or excluding a defect in its formation is very important.Even one that has remained silent for years

In brief: Laterality anomalies

There exists several pattern syndromes that have "mirror image" placement of lung lobes, or other structures that reflect a developmental problem that starts at the mid-line.
One of the most important organs that has mid-line status is the heart, and finding or excluding a defect in its formation is very important.Even one that has remained silent for years
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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