Kartagener syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Wayland Wang

Presentation

Cough. Known ciliary diskinesia and situs inversus.

Patient Data

Age: 17 years
Gender: Male
X-ray
Features of Kartagener syndrome noted again (situs inversus and bronchiectasis). The lungs are otherwise clear.

Case Discussion

When faced with a case of possible dextrocardia, one should begin by checking the labelling to ensure the case hasn't simply been put up backwards. Sometimes, extreme patient rotation or pathology may result in a distorted placement of the mediastinum. If left with no other option, then checking the position of the abdominal organs (stomach bubble and diaphragmatic impression the liver) is important to establish the situs status of the patient.

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Case information

rID: 50765
Case created: 20th Jan 2017
Last edited: 21st Jan 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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