Dextrocardia is a condition in which the heart is pointed toward the right side of the chest. Normally, the heart points to the left. The condition is present at birth (congenital).
During the early weeks of pregnancy, the baby's heart develops. Sometimes, it turns so that it points to the right side of the chest instead of the left side. The reasons for this are unclear.
There are no symptoms of dextrocardia if the heart is normal.
Conditions that may include dextrocardia may cause the following symptoms:
Failure to grow and gain weight
Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
Pale skin (pallor)
Repeated sinus or lung infections
Exams and Tests:
The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask about the symptoms.
Tests to diagnose dextrocardia include:
CT scan of the heart
MRI of the heart
If heart defects are present with dextrocardia, the baby will most likely need surgery. Babies who are very ill may need to take medicines before they can have surgery. These medicines help the baby grow larger so surgery is easier to perform