Why is the heart on the right hand side in some people?

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Offline omid

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Hey Guys,
I've just come to know that in fifty thousand people you can find one person whose heart is a reflection of mirror, which means that his heart is at his right instead of his left side. just wana know if this true and why is that so? [:-\]
« Last Edit: 26/09/2009 20:32:37 by chris »

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Re: Why is the heart on the right hand side in some people?
« Reply #1 on: 14/09/2009 10:48:27 »
It is true, and these people are completely mirrored, not only their heart.
The condition is called Situs Inversus.

Also, when people discover they have Situs Inversus, they must always carry note in their wallet close to their ID in case they would ever need emergency aid.
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Re: Why is the heart on the right hand side in some people?
« Reply #2 on: 14/09/2009 10:52:33 »
Wow.. I did not know such a thing existed.. thanks for asking such an interesting question.. Is it genetic or passed on?

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Re: Why is the heart on the right hand side in some people?
« Reply #3 on: 14/09/2009 12:00:59 »
Situs inversus is generally an autosomal recessive genetic condition, although it can be X-linked or found in identical "mirror" twins.

Source: Gedda L, Sciacca A, Brenci G, Villatico S, Bonanni G, Gueli N, Talone C. Situs viscerum specularis in monozygotic twins. Acta Genet Med Gemellol (Roma) 1984; 33(1): 81-5.
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Re: Why is the heart on the right hand side in some people?
« Reply #4 on: 16/09/2009 14:15:53 »
I did not know their could be so many variances!

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