My dilation has went from 3.8cm in Oct 2012 to 4.3cm in Oct 2013 exactly a year. I was wondering if this should be cause for concern since I have been out of the navy its difficult to get a VA appoint meant and I am a year and a half past my check up.
If the two images were both done with CT or both done with MRI, and if (emphasize AND) they were both read and interpreted in exactly the same way, then you had a relatively large amount of lot of growth for one year. The thing is, though, we don't know whether everything was done in exactly the same way in 2012 and 2013. Different doctors may make the measurement at different levels on the aorta, or one doctor may consider the horizontal plane to be at a slightly different angle than another doctor. One or both of the measurements may have come from an echocardiogram, which only gives an estimate and not a direct representation. What you do know is that you're late for your check-up, so I would get on the phone to schedule it ASAP. When you do see the doctor, it would be good to ask about the estimated rate of progression and whether the rate at which your aneurysm is progressing is cause for concern. Good luck.
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