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Doctor insights on: Dextrocardia Situs Inversus

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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My baby's organs are reversed. What complications of situs inversus totalis?

My baby's organs are reversed. What complications of situs inversus totalis?

Possible none: If your baby's organs are a perfect mirror image of normal the nothing will happen. Problems arise when the situs inversus is partial and this may result in malrotation. This would require surgery to fix. ...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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In situs inversus is the bowel reversed as well?

In situs inversus is the bowel reversed as well?

Yes: It can be completely reversed which is a mirror image or it can be partial which then results in a form of malrotation which can result in volvulus or twisting of the intestine. This needs surgical correction. ...Read more

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Blepharophimosis, ptosis, epicanthus inversus syndrome, what are these?

Blepharophimosis, ptosis, epicanthus inversus syndrome, what are these?

Congenital formation: Blepharophimosis: The eyelids have grown such that the opening is very tiny between the upper and lower lid. Ptosis: The usual meaning is that the muscle-tendon complex controlling the elevation of the upper eyelid is not maintaining the lift above the pupil, so the upper lid tends to cover the pupil. Epicanthus inversus: The skin fold coming up from below at the inner corner of the eye. ...Read more

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