Re: Tortuous aorta
More common as one ages. It is the crowding of space within the chest wall due to osteoporosis (narrowing of space between disks) or disk degeneration due to a disease, etc...the spine is shortened.
The consequences of a tortuous aorta (can inappropriately bow and flex) could be to prevent spontaneous motion of the esophagus, esophagitis, hiatal hernia, etc.
The treatment would be to determine the underlying cause and treat if there is a major problem ie. eating, drinking, pain, etc. The crowding effect could impede heart and lung function as well depending severity and location as it can displace the normal position of the chest cavity organs.
Last edited by started04; 04-17-2007 at 10:34 AM.