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Doctor insights on: Dextrocardia Situs Inversus

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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?

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

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Is it possible for a woman with dextrocardia situs inversus with no atrial wall to still have an uncomplicated pregnancy & labor?

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 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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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 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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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 are the symptoms of situs inversus?

None: Unless you were informed that you had situs inversus you would have never known. ...Read more

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What precautions should u take if situs inversus?

What precautions should u take if situs inversus?

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 more

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Is it safe for a woman with situs inversus have children?

Is it safe for a woman with situs inversus have children?

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 more

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Should patients with situs inversus be take extra caution?

Should patients with situs inversus be take extra caution?

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 more

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Are people with situs inversus are prone to be left handed?

Are people with situs inversus are prone to be left handed?

No: Situs inversus results from abnormal developmental signals that direct the alignment of the internal organs. It does not affect brain development or handedness. ...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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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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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 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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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 are the causes of situs inversus?

What are the causes of situs inversus?

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 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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