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International Journal of Morphology

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9502

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OFUSORI, David A; OKWUONU, Christina U; UDE, Raymond A  y  ADESANYA, Olamide A. Dextrocardia and Situs Inversus Totalis in a Nigerian Cadaver: A Case Report of Rare Anomaly. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2009, vol.27, n.3, pp.837-840. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022009000300032.

This report describes an adult male cadaver with dextrocardia and situs inversus totalis in a Nigerian cadaver. The photographic illustrations revealed transposition of some of the visceral organs such that the stomach and spleen were located on the right and the liver and gall bladder on the left. Also, the left lung was tri-lobed while the right was uni-lobed. The heart was flattened and flipped to the right thus, transposing the great vessels. The report showed that dextrocardia and situs inversus exists amongst Nigerians and possibly Africans and therefore wish to recommend early medical examination since patients with this condition are unaware of their unusual anatomy until they seek medical attention for an unrelated condition. Early detection may lead to a successful surgical management and consequently offer a safer chance of survival.

Palabras clave : Dextrocardia; Situs inversus; Rare anomaly; Cadaver.

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