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What are the observations from the chest X-ray?

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My mom had a chest x ray and the result came as Unfolding of arch of aorta. Calcification noted in the aortic knuckle. Is it serious problems or what is it about Can u explain
Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Manjeth Kumar G 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Common at old age. Do not need to worry. Detailed Answer: Hello, Aorta is the biggest artery from the heart. It forms a arch after origin from the heart in middle of chest. The part before arch is called Ascending aorta and the part this arch is called descending aorta. With aging the length of aorta increases by approximately 12% per decade, whereas the diameter increases by just 3% per decade. This lead to appearance as superior mediastinal widening ( Widen Upper in center of chest) This is a very common finding in older age. Nothing to worry about these. Aortic knuckle is curvature of the aorta seen in an X-Ray film on the right side of the heart. Calcification at aortic knuckle is very common at old age. This do not pose into any serious problem. Hope this helps. Please write back for further queries. Wishing you good health.
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