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How do doctors diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Physical and Echo

A good physical exam with multiple blood pressure measurements can essentially diagnose it.
With the advent of echo, i assume pretty much every cardiologist would officially diagnose with an echo (even in the most remote regions of the world).

In brief: Physical and Echo

A good physical exam with multiple blood pressure measurements can essentially diagnose it.
With the advent of echo, i assume pretty much every cardiologist would officially diagnose with an echo (even in the most remote regions of the world).
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Physical exam/scans

Coarctation, because it causes obstruction to blood flow through the aorta, will impede normal flow into the lower half of the body.
Therefore, it can be detected by measuring accurate blood pressures in the legs and arms, and noting a severe drop-off in the legs. Ct or MRI scans are used to confirm the diagnosis and pinpoint the precise location of the coarctation.

In brief: Physical exam/scans

Coarctation, because it causes obstruction to blood flow through the aorta, will impede normal flow into the lower half of the body.
Therefore, it can be detected by measuring accurate blood pressures in the legs and arms, and noting a severe drop-off in the legs. Ct or MRI scans are used to confirm the diagnosis and pinpoint the precise location of the coarctation.
Dr. Alon Gitig
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: By CT or MRI

Of the aorta or echocardiogram (less common).

In brief: By CT or MRI

Of the aorta or echocardiogram (less common).
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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