dextroposition of the heart


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dex·tro·car·di·a

(deks'trō-kar'dē-ă),
Displacement of the heart to the right, either as dextroposition, with simple displacement to the right, or as cardiac heterotaxia, with complete transposition of the right and left chambers, resulting in a heart that is the mirror image of a normal heart.
Synonym(s): dexiocardia
[dextro- + G. kardia, heart]

dextroposition of the heart

Pediatric cardiology A congenital anomaly in which an anatomically correct heart is displaced to the right in the thoracic cavity, due to a shift of left intrathoracic content, or ↓ in right thoracic cavity contents–eg, by right lung collapse. Cf Dextrocardia.

dex·tro·car·di·a

(deks'trō-kahr'dē-ă)
Displacement of the heart to the right, either as dextroposition, with simple displacement to the right, or as cardiac heterotaxia, with complete transposition of the right and left chambers, resulting in a heart that is the mirror image of a normal heart.
[dextro- + G. kardia, heart]