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What does the following thoracic spine MRI report indicate?

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Dr. Ilir Sharka

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Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I had and MRI of thoracic spine. it showed among other things. a large cyst noted in the upper portion of the left kidney, the aorta is diffusely ecstatic, the heart is enlarged, the aorta is ectactic. what does this all mean??
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that these CT findings indicate a dilation of the aorta. It may be mildly dilated or an aneurysm.

For a better study of your aorta, I would recommend an angio CT scan of the aorta, in order to study better its internal wall and precise dimensions.

Regarding your heart, a cardiac ultrasound would give more information on your heart structure and function than a simple chest CT scan.

A cardiac MRI would also help examine better your heart.

Regarding your renal cyst, it is important performing periodically schedulled follow ups every 6 months, in order to see the possible progression of the cysts. Renal function tests are also important to examine your renal function every 6 months.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka 2 hours later
Thank you for your answer. Do I have to be worried about any of these findings? Especially the heart and aorta?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 43 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello again!

Yes, I think that your heart and aorta findings are something to be concerned about.

For this reason, I would recommend performing a cardiac ultrasound and an angio CT scan of the aorta.

You should talk with your doctor on the above tests.

Hope to have been helpful!

Best wishes,

Dr. Iliri
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