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Dextrocardia with situs inversus


Other Names for this Disease
  • Situs inversus totalis
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Overview

Dextrocardia with situs inversus is a condition that is characterized by abnormal positioning of the heart and other internal organs. In people affected by dextrocardia, the tip of the heart points towards the right side of the chest instead of the left side. Situs inversus refers to the mirror-image reversal of the organs in the chest and abdominal cavity. Some affected people have no obvious signs or symptoms. However, a small percentage of people also have congenital heart defects, usually transposition of the great vessels. Dextrocardia with situs inversus can also be associated with primary ciliary dyskinesia (also known as Kartagener syndrome). Treatment typically depends on the heart or physical problems the person may have in addition to dextrocardia with situs inversus.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 5/19/2015

References

  1. Annamaria Wilhelm, MD. Situs Inversus Imaging. Medscape Reference. October 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/413679-overview.
  2. Dextrocardia. MedlinePlus. May 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007326.htm.
  3. Dextrocardia with Situs Inversus. NORD. 2007; https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/dextrocardia-with-situs-inversus/.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Situs inversus totalis
Related Diseases
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