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Dextrocardia with situs inversus

Other Names for this Disease
  • Situs inversus totalis
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Dextrocardia with situs inversus is a condition in which the heart as well as other organs such as the lungs, liver, stomach, and gallbladder are a mirror image of the normal. A small percentage of individuals with this condition also have congenital heart disease, typically transposition of the great vessels. About a fourth of people with dextrocardia with situs inversus have primary ciliary dyskinesia (also known as Kartagener syndrome). In general, life expectancy for individuals with dextrocardia with situs inversus is normal.[1]
Last updated: 2/2/2011


  1. Wilhelm A, Holbert JM. eMedicine. February 24, 2009; Accessed 3/30/2010.
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