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Aortic Dilation size 32mm
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Aortic Dilation size 32mm

when my son was 3months doctors diagnosed that he has an atriel septal defect,we did check ups.his ecg was fine.till now..Now Doctors Not telling about his asd..now telling about aortic dilation.Now he is 4years old child..But two years before doctors diagnose that he has aortic dilation.so evry three months they did an echoardiograms..my son travel alot by plane..he didnt show any symptoms..ecg was ok..taking medicine daily basis..recently doctors said his aotra valve is 32mm..they need to check his heart regulary..my question is can he travel?whats the maximum aorta descending and ascending size...will it stay fine....his age 4years 5months 16kgs...ecg is fine..is that aotra valve size is dangerous?
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Dear Donjohn,

Aortic dilation is not normal.  Without evaluating your son, I cannot say what specific risk he has.  It can be associated with Marfan syndrome (a condition of abnormal connective tissue), bicuspid aortic valve (an abnormal aortic valve), other connective tissue disease, certain complex congenital cardiac defects (which he doesn't have), or occasionally with a normal trileaflet aortic valve.  Your pediatric cardiologist should review if he has any of these risk factors with you.  If his aorta is otherwise normal and he has no other specific concerns, there should be no other risk of travel.

Intervention for this dilation typically occurs when the rate of growth is at least 5 mm/year, or goes beyond 4.5 to 5 cm in diameter, depending on the underlying condition.  
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Thank you Very much for ur expert advice.defenetly we have to monitor with our Pedeatric cardiologist..we hope everything will go very well..God also with us..we pray to our lord Jesus christ.who is the doctor of doctors..son showed lots of improvments..specially for studies..all upto god and doctors...Thank you very much DR.Jeffrey..
Coz, when our son was 3months we heard about his heart...now hes nearly 5years old..so many mirracles happened..we have to wait n see..
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