oa South African Medical Journal - Situs inversus viscerum and bronchiectasis : report of a Bantu case associated with chronic cor pulmonale and renal anomalies



The literature relating to situs inversus viscerum and bronchiectasis is reviewed. A case is reported of the condition in a South African native with congestive cardiac failure, a large pulmonary artery and renal anomalies. Congenital heart lesions in situs inversus are discussed and it is concluded that the heart failure in the case descriptionbed is due to chronic cor pulmonale. The mode of inheritance of Kartagener's triad and of the renal malformations is discussed. The occurrence of complete and incomplete forms of the condition is noted. The significance of a congenital factor in bronchiectasis in general is emphasized.


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