I have been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. On a recent echocardiogram, in addition to some other findings, it was found that I have a dilated inferior vena cava with a reduced inspiratory collapse (<50%). There was also a finding of an anomalous left ventriclular chord.
Could someone please tell me what this means?
There is an entity called vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which can affect the blood vessels. The inferior vena cava is a large vein that drains into the right atrium. This vein diameter normal changes with respiration. In events when the right atrial pressure is raised, then the vein diameter increases and it does not vary with respiration.
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