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Is the thoracic aorta being nonaneurysmal and demonstrating atherosclerosis disease a concern?

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What does it mean on CT scan reading thoracic aorta is nonaneurysmal and demonstrates atherosclerosis disease
Posted Wed, 22 Nov 2017 in Valvular Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 22 minutes later
Brief Answer:
no aneurysm (Abnormal enlargement) present-- this is good

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Non aneurysmal means that there was NO aneurysm (abnormal widening) seen in the aorta which passes through the thorax (chest).

Atherosclerosis means that there are plaques made of cholesterol and other products in the blood vessels.
Cholesterol is treated because it has the potential to form plaques in different blood vessels and block them somewhat or pieces of the plaque can break off and block a smaller blood vessel along its path.

Treatment involves controlling blood pressure, blood sugar (if either of these are a problem) and cholesterol with lifestyle changes and medication

Summary ---(1) You DO NOT have an aneurysm (abnormal dilation/enlargement) of the thoracic aorta
(2)you DO have cholesterol plaques, lifestyle changes (Diet and exercise ) and medication , would help

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Is the thoracic aorta being nonaneurysmal and demonstrating atherosclerosis disease a concern? 8 minutes later
Multiple lobulated low density hepatic lesions are visualized with the largest measuring 3.8 cm along the right hepatic done. What does this mean
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:
multiple lesions of the liver

Detailed Answer:

Many different masses are seen in the liver, the largest of these is 3.8 cm, this is seen in the right aspect of the liver

Lobulated means that it appears to consist of lobules which is a small part or subdivision of an area. This means that the lesions are made of of different small parts held together.

The CT result stated above does not give the likely cause of the lesions, normally this is done.
You may need to speak to your doctor to find out what was the general impression of the radiologist.

If this is not clear then a biopsy is needed
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