Incidental finding of dextrocardia with situs inversus totalis in a day old neonate: Case report and review of the literature

  • BI Garba
  • MB Adelakun
  • MS Aminu
  • SO Onazi
  • A Musa
  • MB Sule
Keywords: Dextrocardia, neonate, neonatal sepsis


Dextrocardia with situs inversus are rare congenital anomalies which can be asymptomatic and compatible with normal life. They are characterized by mirror images of all intra-thoracic and intra-abdominal viscera. Our aim is
to report an incidental finding of dextrocardia with situs inversus in a neonate with neonatal sepsis. A day-old male term neonate presented with features of infection. Physical examination revealed cardiac apex on the 4th right   intercostal space, along the mid-clavicular line. Chest radiograph and  abdominal ultrasound confirmed the diagnosis of dextrocardia with situs inversus. Bilateral cervical ribs were also seen on chest radiograph. He was managed with antibiotics  and  discharged . Newborn babies should have a thorough physical examination after delivery before discharge to enable early diagnosis of congenital anomalies for appropriate referral.

Key words: Dextrocardia, neonate, neonatal sepsis.


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