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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

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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