Definition of Dextrocardia

Reviewed on 3/29/2021

Dextrocardia: The heart is reversed and is in the right side of the chest rather than in its normal location on the left. This is a true anatomic reversal. With dextrocardia, for example, the apex (tip) of the heart points to the right rather than (as is normal) to the left. Dextrocardia occurs in an abnormal condition present at birth (congenital) called Kartagener's syndrome.

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