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March 25, 1974

Kartagener Syndrome: Case Report in an Elderly Man

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.

JAMA. 1974;227(12):1420-1422. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230250044032

KARTAGENER syndrome is a clinical entity comprising a combination of situs inversus, bronchiectasis, and sinusitis or nasal polyposis. The triad is usually seen in a young age group and is punctuated by recurrent upper respiratory tract infections and pneumonia. Our patient is an 88-year-old man. To the best of our knowledge, he is the oldest reported survivor with this triad.

Report of a Case  An 88-year-old white man was recently admitted to the medical service, William Beaumont Hospital. He had generalized weakness, fever, and yellow sputum of three days' duration. He had been hospitalized in 1972 for left lower-lobe pneumonia and once came to the emergency room in 1968 for an upper respiratory tract infection. He could recall since early childhood the production of large amounts of sputum, but otherwise, his health had been relatively good. There was no family history of roentgenological or significant clinical evidence of bronchiectasis, sinusitis,