GEORGE W. PARSON, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Congenital dextrocardia with situs inversus is a relatively uncommon anomaly. LeWald1 recorded an incidence of one in 35,000 physical examinations of recruits for the United States Army. We have recognized two in approximately 15,000 private patients. Dextrocardia complicated by acquired organic heart disease must be rare. No careful search of the literature has been made but a recent paper,2 in which a case of dextrocardia complicated by calcareous aortic stenosis was described, listed only five former case reports. In these the acquired lesions were mitral stenosis,3 hypertensive heart disease,4 coronary thrombosis,5 hypertensive and coronary heart disease,6 and syphilitic aortitis and
PARSON GW. DEXTROCARDIA WITH SITUS INVERSUS COMPLICATED BY CHRONIC RHEUMATIC AORTIC AND MITRAL ENDOCARDITIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1945;23:102–107. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-23-1-102
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;23(1):102-107.
Cardiology, Endocarditis, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology.
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