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Dextrocardia Situs Inversus
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
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 ›
Not aware of any: This is basically an anatomic anamoly that doesn't place the patient at any increased risk other than some puzzled looks from medical professionals when they do chest xrays and ekgs. Just be sure and always inform doctors/nurses prior to being seen for medical issues. You may have a slight chance of more sinus infections and lung infections due to disorders of the cilia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many do: Situs inversus itself does not make child bearing a bad idea but some with the process have a variety of congenital heart defects or other issues that might make the process risky. A discussion with the docs who know your condition best should answer the question better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Situs inversus simply means that the internal organs are arranged in a mirror image pattern compared to most individuals. In isolation, there is nothing to generate concern. Situs inversus can be associated with other medical conditions, such as congenital heart disease, in which case there is are increased risks. ...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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Situs inversus: Situs inversus (also called situs transversus or oppositus) is a congenital condition in which the major visceral organs are reversed or mirrored from their normal positions. A example of situs inversus is seen in the x-ray, where the heart is not in its normal position, it is reveresed. Many people with situs inversus totalis are unaware of their unusual anatomy until they seek medical attention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers