A 66-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with cough and chest pain. The tests revealed that all organs of the man were on the opposite side.
In general, everyone knows more or less where his organs are. As we show our heart, our hand goes to the left of our rib cage. Some people may have organs on the opposite side.
In the last case discovered, a 66-year-old man turned out to have all the organs on the opposite side. The man who went to the hospital with cough and chest pain, the strangeness of the organs drew attention to the examinations. Scientifically called situs inversus totalis, this situation does not have much impact on people's lives. In fact, this was not noticed until modern diagnostic methods were developed.
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The examinations revealed that the man who lived in the refugee camp for 20 years before his immigration to the United States had his heart on the right and other organs were settled according to mirror symmetry. So his normally right liver was on the left.
The man's illness turned out to be a simple upper airway disorder. The man, who underwent a simple drug treatment, was then discharged. Situs inversus totalis is among the most common cases where the organs are located differently and roughly 1 in 10 thousand people. Sometimes people with an organ structure like this wear a wristband that states their condition for emergencies. Thus, emergency interventions are not made on the wrong side.
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The difference in the positions of organs can become fatal if a single organ, for example the heart, is located elsewhere than it should be. This condition, which can be diagnosed more easily with modern technology, may not be able to diagnose people correctly from time to time as a mistake on X-Ray.
The case report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.