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What would cause me to have a narrow axillary artery?

My CAT scan showed a narrow axillary artery. I had a parotid gland infection a month ago. What would cause this narrowing and will I need further tests done? I am a 22 year old healthy, active female. Thank you.

submitted by Diane from Riverhead, New York on 11/28/2012


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Grady L. Hallman, MD  

Grady L. Hallman, MDI am interested in knowing what prompted your initially having the CAT scan. Narrowing of the axillary artery is unusual in a 22 year old person. It would not be related to a parotid gland infection. The reported narrowing may be an error or a minor observation. You can tell if there is a significant narrowing by feeling the radial pulse at the wrist near the thumb. If the pulse is good, there is no significant narrowing of the axillary artery. If the pulse at the wrist is absent, consult a vascular surgeon. 

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Updated December 2012
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