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January 1968

Complete Situs Inversus With Anomalous Right Common Carotid Artery

Author Affiliations

Gainesville, Fla
From the Department of Anatomical Sciences, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla.

Arch Surg. 1968;96(1):86-90. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1968.01330190088020

SITUS inversus was first observed by Aristotle and is a condition in which the viscera are positioned as a "mirror image" of the normal state. Deselaers1 is credited with one of the first descriptions of complete situs inversus in which there was found a number of malformations in addition to the transposition. The incidence of situs inversus in the general population is impossible to determine because of possible duplication of reports and because the condition is compatible with an apparently normal life. Estimates of the frequency of this condition range from 1:1,4002 to 1:34,700.3 An incidence of 1:7,467 reported by Rösler in 1930 may be more the true value.4

The condition may be manifested in either of two major ways: complete or partial. In complete transposition all viscera are located on the side of the body opposite from the normal, whereas partial situs inversus can occur

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