Clinical Perspective

Heterotaxy syndrome: This is the left, right?

Lili Huang, Belinda J. Mitchell, Savvas Andronikou, Zarina I. Lockhat, Farhana Suleman
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 19, No 2 | a902 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v19i2.902 | © 2015 Lili Huang, Belinda J. Mitchell, Savvas Andronikou, Zarina I. Lockhat, Farhana Suleman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 June 2015 | Published: 09 December 2015

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Lili Huang, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Belinda J. Mitchell, Department of Paediatrics University of Pretoria, South Africa
Savvas Andronikou, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Zarina I. Lockhat, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Farhana Suleman, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Heterotaxy syndrome is a rare and complex disorder of the chest and abdominal organ arrangements, and presents a diagnostic challenge to the radiologist. This article describes the morphological characteristics of heterotaxy and situs abnormalities, in particular left and right atrial isomerism, and suggests an approach in evaluating the spectrum of abnormalities associated with heterotaxy syndromes, using appropriate imaging modalities.

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