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Situs inversus


Other Names for this Disease

  • Situs inversus viscerum
  • SIV
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Overview

Situs inversus is a condition in which the internal organs of the abdomen (stomach) and thorax (chest) lie in mirror image of their normal body position. It can occur alone, without any other anomalies, or it can be  a part of a syndrome with various other defects. Situs inversus has been inherited in different ways in different families. Autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and X-linked inheritance have been reported. Treatment, when needed, is symptomatic and supportive.[1]
Last updated: 11/13/2014

References

  1. Tiller GE, Hamid R. Situs Inversus. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. 2003;
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  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Situs inversus viscerum
  • SIV
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.