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    mytimeistoday posted:
    Years ago I was diagnosed w/ dextra-cardia, when I was about 4 yrs. old (I'm now 52). Two years ago, I was told that it is "solus invertis totalis w/ dextra cardia. Two months ago, I was told that not only are all my internal organs on the opposite side, not only are they all facing backwards, but now, after my latest MRI's, it seems that my aorta and ventricle valves are also switched, w/ the aorta now on the bottom! My question is, "Is this still considered totalis, or is there a different term? I had been using "screwed up insidus", as a joke, but would like to know the correct term, if there is one.
    Thanks to any MD who can answer this for me.
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "was diagnosed w/ dextra-cardia"

    You mean dextrocardia, a condition in which the heart is pointed toward THE RIGHT SIDE of the chest instead of normally pointing TO THE LEFT. It is present at birth (congenital).

    solus invertis?

    Sounds complicated. Any who, I'm not an MD, but here's some randomly-selected general info that I hope you find helpful.

    Definition of Situs inversus totalis

    http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=5499

    Situs Inversus Imaging

    Types of Situs Inversus

    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/413679-overview

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)



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