I had h1n1 and then had a chest xray and was diagnosed with pneumonia. The results of the xray also showed Ectasia of the thoracic aorta. What does this mean? Do I have an anuersym? I am overweight and have Mitral Valve Prolapse and take Toprol 50ml for my MVP. Can the inflammed chest wall give this reading or should I be concerned and see a cardiologist?
It is a radiologic term that means that the aorta seems to be enlarged on a chest x-ray. However this has a very low positive predictive value for an aneurysm, as it can be caused by many other normal variants. If you are worried then a CT of the chest is the best way to exclude the presence of an ascending aortic aneurysm.
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