Thoracic aortic aneurysms may be diagnosed by echocardiogram, and this technique is often used to screen family members of those with thoracic aortic aneurysm. An echocardiogram is often used to check for aneurysms in someone with Marfan syndrome. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to capture real-time images of your heart in motion. Echocardiograms show how well your heart chambers and valves are working. Occasionally, to better see your aorta, your doctor may recommend a transesophageal echocardiogram
— in which the sound waves are generated from within your body by a device threaded down your esophagus.
Computerized tomography (CT) scan. This painless test can provide your doctor with clear images of your aorta. During a CT scan, you lie on a table inside a doughnut-shaped machine. Detectors inside the gantry measure the radiation that has passed through your body and converts it into electrical signals. One downside of the use of CT in detecting and following aortic aneurysms is the exposure to radiation, particularly for patients who require frequent monitoring, such as those with Marfan syndrome.
Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder that affects connective tissue — the fibers that support and anchor your organs and other structures in your body. AS you never mentioned Marfans I am guessing that is not one of your problems........Hurrah !
In your case it would make sense for your Dr. to look at all the test results as well as your over all health and put all the pieces together before doing any surgery.
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