What is it called when your heart is backwards?
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. The normal arrangement of internal organs is known as situs solitus while situs inversus is generally the mirror image of situs solitus.
Dextrocardia with situs inversus refers to the heart being a mirror image situated on the right side. Certain cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders related to dextrocardia can be life-threatening if left unchecked (see reference).
- Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), also called immotile ciliary syndrome or Kartagener syndrome, is a rare, ciliopathic, autosomal recessive genetic disorder that causes defects in the action of cilia lining the respiratory tract (lower and upper, sinuses, Eustachian tube, middle ear), fallopian tube, and flagella of
- The right side of the heart collects oxygen-poor blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs. The left side of the heart collects oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and pumps it to the body. The chambers on the right side of the heart collect blood from the body and pump it to the lungs.
- The reason I say this is that since the heart is on the left side of the chest, pain that originates from the heart usually stays on that side. Plus, chest pain that gets worse with taking a deep breath is usually not pain coming from the heart.
In some cases, a diagnosis of dextrocardia with situs inversus is suspected based on the presence of concerning signs and symptoms; however, it is often discovered by chance when an x-ray or ultrasound is performed to investigate a different condition.
- Omphalocele, also known as exomphalos, is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The infant's intestines, liver, or other organs stick outside of the belly through the belly button. The organs are covered in a thin, nearly transparent sac that hardly ever is open or broken.
- The survival rate of gastroschisis cases is over 90% in the literature due to developments in antenatal care, neonatal intensive care and total parenteral nutrition (TPN). The mortality has decreased over the years whereas the morbidity still remains high.
- After returning home, call your health care provider if your baby develops any of these symptoms:
- Decreased bowel movements.
- Feeding problems.
- Green or yellowish green vomit.
- Swollen belly area.
- Vomiting (different than normal baby spit-up)
- Worrisome behavioral changes.
1: Levocardia Congenital abnormalities in which the HEART is in the normal position (levocardia) in the left side of the chest but some or all of the THORAX or ABDOMEN viscera are transposed laterally (SITUS INVERSUS). It is also known as situs inversus with levocardia, or isolated levocardia.
- Transposition of the great arteries is a congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy, the large vessels that take blood away from the heart to the lungs, or to the body, are improperly connected.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1,250 babies are born with TGA each year in the United States. This means that every 1 in 3,300 babies born in the US is affected by this defect.
- What does TGA stand for?
Rank Abbr. Meaning TGA Thermogravimetric Analysis TGA Transient Global Amnesia TGA Trace Gas Analysis TGA Transposition of the Greater Arteries (medical)
Updated: 29th September 2018