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Question aboutThoracic aorta and descending thoracic aorta
Ct scan shows there are few mediastinal lymph nodes. The ascending thoracic aorta measures approximately 3.5 cm and the descending thoracic aorta measures approximately 2.9 cm there is mild anterior pericardial effusion or thickening I am 65 years old female.  In the future do I need surgery. What you think of ct scan. Thank you.
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A descending thoracic aorta diameter of 3,5 is within the normal range.
A descending thoracic aorta diameter of 2.9 is also within the normal range.
I do not expect that you need surgery in the future for your aorta.
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Ascending ao is a bit large but not a surgical indication per some searching. Id expect more testing, likely echo in the future to keep an eye on it. Mild effusion likely wont need intervention at this time.
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