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 Chest X-raxys and echocardiograms can be used to determine which type of dextrocardia is present.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: 1/14/2016
- Kaneshiro NK, Zieve D. Dextrocardia. MedlinePlus. May 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007326.htm.
- Dextrocardia. Cove Point Foundation. May 2011; http://www.pted.org/?id=dextrocardia1.
- The Cove Point Foundation part of the Johns Hopkins Children Hospital has developed an information page on dextrocardia. Click on the link above to view the information page.
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Dextrocardia. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
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