EDWARD A. GALL, M.D.; VICTOR F. WOOLF, M.D.
Many congenital abnormalities, being perfectly compatible with normal function, and, of themselves, causing no inconveniences are observed quite accidentally. Falling into this category is situs inversus viscerum totalis, or complete transposition of the viscera.
Single instances of this finding in a family are sufficiently common to occasion no special comment. The statistics vary widely, depending upon the source from which the data have been obtained and the methods utilized in discovering the cases. To quote figures on incidence:
Rösler18—Leipziger Path. Univ. Inst 3: 2,402
LeWald9—(Recruits—physical examination) 1: 35,000
(Autopsy) 1: 5,000
(X-ray) 29: 40,000
de Goff 3: 60,000
GALL EA, WOOLF VF. SITUS INVERSUS VISCERUM TOTALIS IN SIBLINGS1: CASE REPORTS. Ann Intern Med. 1934;7:1370–1375. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-11-1370
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