Situs inversus

Case contributed by Dr James Sheldon

Patient Data

Age: 24 years
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

Situs inversus and dextrocardia with a left sided arch noted. Paediatric sternal wires, left apical surgical clips and epigastric vascular coils. The heart is enlarged. Lungs and pleural spaces are clear.

Case Discussion

Situs inversus, is a rare anomaly (0.01% prevalence) in which there is mirror image of the normal arrangement of organs. It is generally an autosomal recessive condition although it can be X-linked or found in identical "mirror" twins.

Situs inversus is usually associated with dextrocardia (true mirror image) with only 3-5% incidence of congenital heart disease, most commonly transposition of the great vessels. Of these patients, 80% have a right-sided aortic arch.

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Case Information

rID: 26914
Case created: 14th Jan 2014
Last edited: 3rd Dec 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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