Symptoms & Signs
There are no symptoms of dextrocardia if the heart is normal.
Conditions that may include dextrocardia may cause the following symptoms:
- Bluish skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Failure to grow and gain weight
- Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
- Pale skin (pallor)
- Repeated sinus or lung infections
Diagnosis & Tests
There are no signs of dextrocardia if the heart is normal.
Conditions that can include dextrocardia may cause the following signs:
- Abnormal arrangement and structure of the organs in the abdomen
- Enlarged heart
- Problems with the structure of the chest and lungs, seen on x-rays
- Rapid breathing or problems breathing
- Rapid pulse
Tests to diagnose dextrocardia include:
- Computed tomography (CT) scans
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart
- Ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram)
Review Date : 4/30/2008
Reviewed By : Mark A Fogel, MD, FACC, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology, Director of Cardiac MR, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Cardiology, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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