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Created On 1/6/05 2:07 PM by pcd


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pcd
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2/27/06 10:02 PM
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my child was born with the heart on the right side, just wondering if there is anyone else who has this?
 
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refua
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i have heard it is not dangerous if other organs are also reversed.
 
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8/8/07 4:43 PM
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Hi. I see that this message was posted a while ago, but I'm writing this anyway in case anyone is researching this in the future.

I know a bit about this condition, as it runs in my family - we have three members to date with this condition, and each family member's prognosis is very different...

The condition known as dextrocardia (heart on the right side) can occur on its own or with several other anomalies. If it occurs alone, it is referred to as dextrocardia, but many times it is not the only organ that is reversed, and this is called heterotaxia (heterotaxy).

The other organs that are affected include:
- the stomach can be displaced to the right
- the spleen is often on the right side and there may be more than one spleen (polysplenia) or the spleen can be totally absent (asplenia)
- the spleen(s) can all be working, or none of them work (the spleen is an organ normally found on the left side of the abdomen and it is involved in our immune system)
- the liver is often displaced to the middle (it is usually on the right side)

- the heart is often "flipped", meaning that it is normally in the center, leaning to the left and in this case, it is in the center, leaning to the right.

The major anomaly that an occur as a result of the dextrocardia is known as transposition of the greater arteries (TGA), a serious heart condition in which the heart didn't "flip" properly, and the major blood vessels leading out of the heart are not in the right place.


I have a relative with heterotaxia, and he has multiple spleens, dextrocardia, displaced liver and stomach, but b"H no TGA. He is living a wonderful life keinayinhora, without any symptoms of his disorder - you would never know!!!! He has many children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren.

We have another relative that has this condition with the TGA, and this is a lot more complicated, as it involves several surgical procedures and lifetime care. But B"H he is also doing very well.
Hope this helps
 
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