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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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Treatment

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How might situs inversus be treated?

In isolated situs inversus, no treatment may be necessary. When situs inversus is associated with another condition, treatment may depend on the associated condition and the signs and symptoms present in the affected person.[1]

Knowing that a person has situs inversus is important for diagnosing medical problems and preventing surgical mishaps that can result from the failure to recognize reversed anatomy. For example, in a person with situs inversus, appendicitis causes pain in the left lower abdomen instead of the right lower abdomen.[2] Wearing medical identification can help ensure proper treatment in an emergency medical situation.
Last updated: 6/1/2015

References
  1. Tiller GE, Hamid R. Situs Inversus. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. 2003;
  2. Annamaria Wilhelm. Situs Inversus Imaging. Medscape. October 7, 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/413679-overview#showall.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Situs inversus. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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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.