My fiancee recently saw a doctor while out of town on a trip. He diagnosed her with a "retro cardio density". He didn't do a very good job of explaining the condition to her and told her to go see a family doctor when we got home. I just wanted some basic information on what a retro cardio density was and the seriousness of the condition?
A retro cardiac density is just a fancy way of saying that there is an abnormality seen on x-ray that is located behind the structure of the heart. This is a difficult area to examine with an x-ray. The finding could represent a pneumonia, a lung tumor, a hiatal hernia, or nothing at all. It is impossible for me to say which of these. Your fiancee should definitely follow-up with her own doctor to sort out these possibilities.
I wish you the best of luck. I hope this has been useful.
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