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Old 04-16-2007, 05:22 PM   #1
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Tortuous aorta

Hi there,

I would appreciate any information on tortuous aorta. Specifically: is any type of a treatment required? is it potentially dangerous (no aneurysmal dilatation)? or is it pretty common? Thanks for your help!

 
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Re: Tortuous aorta

Hi Flowergirl,

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.

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Re: Tortuous aorta

Ken,
many thanks for your response! I was getting a little frantic not knowing anything at all about this condition. I am sure it will come up for discussion during my appointment next week, among other things, and I did not want to go in unprepared.

 
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