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Situs inversus


Other Names for this Disease
  • Complete situs inversus
  • Complete situs inversus viscerum
  • Situs inversus totalis
  • Situs inversus viscerum
  • SIV
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Overview

Situs inversus is a condition in which the arrangement of the internal organs is a mirror image of normal anatomy. It can occur alone (isolated, with no other abnormalities or conditions) or it can occur as part of a syndrome with various other defects. Congenital heart defects are present in about 5-10% of affected people. The underlying cause and genetics of situs inversus are complex. Familial cases have been reported.[1][2]
Last updated: 6/1/2015

References

  1. Tiller GE, Hamid R. Situs Inversus. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. 2003;
  2. Talabi AO, Sowande OA, Tanimola AG, Adejuyigbe O. Situs inversus in association with duodenal atresia. Afr J Paediatr Surg. July-September, 2013; 10(3):275-278.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Complete situs inversus
  • Complete situs inversus viscerum
  • Situs inversus totalis
  • 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.