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Is situs inversus totalis with dextrocardia life threatening?

No: Most people with this condition do not even know they have and live a normal life. ...Read more

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Whats situs inversus?

Whats situs inversus?

Reversal of organs: The body has a normal orientation of our internal organs , both in the chest and the abdomen. Heart is in the left chest. Stomach is in the left upper quadrant, etc. In situs inversus the organs are oriented in a mirror image. They will function normal. Tests may need to be done to confirm that organs are indeed a complete mirror image otherwise a risk of malrotation may exist. ...Read more

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Could dextrocardia exist without situs inversus ?

Could dextrocardia exist without situs inversus ?

Yes: Dextrocardia is characterized by the simple finding that the majority of the cardiac mass is in the right chest, rather than the left chest. Situs inversus is a more specific diagnosis, although there is some variability in situs inverses. Situs inversus means that the atria, vena cavae, and abdominal organs are on the opposite side of the body from the typical position. ...Read more

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Is situs inversus totalis with dextrocardia a life threatening condition?

Is situs inversus totalis with dextrocardia a life threatening condition?

No: While the diagnosis sounds complicated, situs inversus simply indicates that the internal organs are arranged in a mirror image pattern. In that setting, dextrocardia, a right sided heart, is expected. ...Read more

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What's situs inversus totalis?

What's situs inversus totalis?

Reversal of organs: Mirror image location of chest and abdominal organs. Usually harmless. ...Read more

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What is situs inversus?

What is situs inversus?

Reversed: Means site inverted or side switched! can be partial- or complete. Example heart in right chest or appendix in left lower abdomen or both! ...Read more

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What causes situs inversus?

Not sure: No known cause. It occurs in utero can be associated with some syndromes. ...Read more

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How is situs inversus totalis treated?

How is situs inversus totalis treated?

It isn't: Although rare most people with situs inversus totalis live normal lives. About 25 % may have issues with frequent sinus infections (kartagener's disease). Most live completely normal and asymptomatic lives. ...Read more

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How is situs inversus treated?

How is situs inversus treated?

No treatment: Situs inversus is merely a mirror image relationship of internal organs. It occurs about 1:8000 people. It is normally asymptomatic. But doctors need to be made aware of it in case of surgery or to avoid confusion when illness does arise. It does not need treatment. ...Read more

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Is situs inversus hereditary or random?

Random: It classically is random or sporadic, but there have been cases of it occurring within the same family. ...Read more

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Can situs inversus interfere with a heart transplant?

Can situs inversus interfere with a heart transplant?

No: If mheart transplant is indicated or being pursued the surgeons will take appropriate measures. ...Read more

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Can a woman with dextrocardia situs inversus with no atrial wall still have uncomplicated pregnancy/labor/delivery/postpartum course?

Can a woman with dextrocardia situs inversus with no atrial wall still have uncomplicated pregnancy/labor/delivery/postpartum course?

Probably: Dextrocardia and situs inversus will not cause any issues, although things may be backwards. However, I am not sure what you mean by no atrial wall. This could be a serious abnormality. The heart needs 4 chambers (rooms) separated by the right doors (valves or pregnancy could have some difficulties. Please provide more information. ...Read more

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What does Situs solitus and levocardio means on electrocardiogram?

What does Situs solitus and levocardio means on electrocardiogram?

Levocardia: Situs solitus means the abdominal organs are on the correct sides of the abdomen. Levocardia means the heart is on the left side which is where it is supposed to be. So basically it is saying everything is where it is supposed to be! Yeah! ...Read more

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What is arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy?

What is arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy?

ARVC: Arvc is a cardiomyopathy that results in partial or total replacement of right ventricular muscle by fat or fibrous tissue. The principal problem is life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances which are the cause of death in these patients. Medications can suppress the arrhythmias but sometimes an aicd is needed. There is a genetic form of arvc. Cardiac MRI is useful for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could right hand pain in situs inversus person indicate heart problem?

Could right hand pain in situs inversus person indicate heart problem?

Situs Inversus: If you have situs inversus (your abdominal organs are opposite of "normal" people - so your stomach/spleen are on the right side and your liver/gall bladder on the left ) but you have a totally anatomically normal heart (even if it is in your right chest)-I doubt your hand pain is related to your heart. If it continues to bother you, you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Ekg left atrial enlargement, nonspecific t wave abnormality, echo done trace mitral regurg, tricuspid regurg. Pericardial effusion global.Is my heart ok?

Ekg left atrial enlargement, nonspecific t wave abnormality, echo done trace mitral regurg, tricuspid regurg. Pericardial effusion global.Is my heart ok?

More info needed: I am assuming echo is showing pericardial effusion and global? Or maybe global hypohypokinesia? Any wall motion abnormalities? Ejection fraction? Do u have any symptoms? At rest or with activities? Any other risk factors? Smoker, overweight, dm, htn, high chol, family history heart attacks, sedentary life etc. Any prior heart attacks? Stress test done. Any recent viral infection? Pericarditis? ...Read more

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Can situs inversus effect a person's personality?

Can situs inversus effect a person's personality?

No: Situs inversus affects orientation of organs in the abdomen and thorax not the brain and certainly not personality. ...Read more

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Can anterior mitral leaflet redundancy with trivial regurgitation cause ventricular tachycardia?

Can anterior mitral leaflet redundancy with trivial regurgitation cause ventricular tachycardia?

Usually low risk: Mitral valve redundancy, usually called prolapse, usually produces no symptoms or minor symptoms. If the valve leak is trivial, that's very good news and serious complications including ventricular tachycardia are not expected because the left ventricle is not under strain.. ...Read more