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Dextrocardia is a condition in which the heart is located in the right side of the chest instead of the left. It is usually present from birth (congenital). There are several types of dextrocardia. The simplest type occurs when the shape and structure of the heart is a mirror image of a normal heart. Other types of dextrocardia may involve defects of the walls of the heart, nearby blood vessels, or other organs in the abdomen.
Last updated: 8/4/2011
- Dextrocardia. MedlinePlus. 2011; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007326.htm. Accessed 8/3/2011.
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- Maldjian RD, Saric M. Approach to dextrocardia in adults: Review. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2007;188:S39-S49.
- Bernasconi A, Azancot A, Simpson JM, Jones A, Sharland GK. Fetal dextrocardia: Diagnosis and outcome in two tertiary centres. Heart. 2005;91:1590-1594. You may have to register to view the article by registration is free.