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Are there any effects to having dextrocardia (situs inversus) (With the heart)?
And is anything happening to try and reverse it or prevent it?
Situs inversus: if dextrocardia isolated and heart functions properly, no other interventions needed. Best http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/dextrocardia-with-situs-inversus/ https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/gard/6268/dextrocardia-with-situs-inversus/resources/5 ...Read more
Is it possible for a woman with dextrocardia situs inversus with no atrial wall to still have an uncomplicated pregnancy & labor?
MFM consult: You should have a consultation with an obgyn or mfm doc before you conceive if possible. They can review details in your medical history and see if there are risk factors for pregnancy complication. You may need an echocardiogram to assess heart function. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Organs reversed.: Dextrocardia means that the heart is on the right side of the chest rather than the left. Situs inversus means that other internal organs may be on the opposite side compared to usual. By itself, this is not a problem in pregnancy. Some people have these inversions associated with other disease states, but in the absence of other disease it is not anything to worry about. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dextrocardia: It can exist without situs inversusGet a more detailed answer ›
Extremely rare: An extremely rare condition.Get a more detailed answer ›
Heart on the right: Dextrocardia means the heart is on the right side of the chest instead of the normal left side. Sometimes there are other problems associated as well. For example the heart may have other problems, some of the other organs may be in unusual places, some of them may not function normally. Rarely, there are no other problems and there will be no symptoms, just the heart on the right. ...Read more
Dextrocardia: Just that the heart is on the right rather than the left side of the chest and can be associated with situs inversus where organs in abdomen are also reversed. If any surgery is performed it will be important for locating the organ involved. Ecg will look different as will chest x-ray. ...Read more
Perhaps: Though a chest xray should be easily show this, and it is very rare. ...Read more
Do people with dextrocardia have other cardiac problems? Are they expected to have normal lifespan?
Depends on type: Dextrocardia has different types. Isolated vs situs inversus. Situs inversus has a whole array of intestinal pulmonary and cardiac issues that one may be prone to but most are healthy. Where as isolated dextrocardia may have pulmonary circulation issues accompanying it. Most common cause is due to ekg error in lead placement yielding the appearance of dextrocardia on ekg. ...Read more
I have sytus inersus, dextrocardia with VSD closer. I am in 12th week of pregnancy. What precaution shall I take?
Talk to your OB: If you are pregnant you should be seeing an OB to to deal with any potential complications, get prenatal care, and increase the odds of successfully completing your pregnancy (healthy baby, healthy mom). This includes making sure your doctor knows about any previous health problems (e.g. like VSD). They will tell you what precautions are needed, if any. They may ge thelp from 'high risk' OB doc. ...Read more
What to do if I am feeling fatigue all the time and body parts are going numb. I have isolated dextrocardia as well.?
Not heart: There are certainly many causes of fatigue. However, isolated dextrocardia does not cause any physiologic effects and would not be the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
Right sided heart: Dextrocardia is a congenital (present at birth) condition in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body instead of the normal left side. There are different types of dextrocardia-sometimes the heart is entirely normal except for its location, other times there are associated heart defects. Sometimes the organs of the abdomen are also reversed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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