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For example, a person with situs inversus who requires a heart transplant needs all the vessels to the transplant donor heart reattached to their existing ones.

However, the orientation of these vessels in a person with situs inversus is reversed, necessitating steps so that the blood vessels join properly.

For example, if an individual with situs inversus develops appendicitis, they will present to the physician with lower left abdominal pain, since that is where their appendix lies.

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People with this rare condition should inform their doctors before an examination, so the doctor can redirect their search for heart sounds and other signs.

Wearing a medical identification tag can help inform health care providers in the event the person is unable to communicate.

In the absence of congenital heart defects, individuals with situs inversus are phenotypically normal, and can live normal healthy lives, without any complications related to their medical condition.

There is a 5–10% prevalence of congenital heart disease in individuals with situs inversus totalis, most commonly transposition of the great vessels.

Because the relationship between the organs is not changed, most people with situs inversus have no medical symptoms or complications, although they should wear a medical identification tag to warn emergency medical staff that the patient's internal organs are reversed from normal so they can act accordingly, e.g.

by listening for a heartbeat on the right rather than left side of the chest.

Although cardiac problems are more common than in the general population, most people with situs inversus have no medical symptoms or complications resulting from the condition, and until the advent of modern medicine it was usually undiagnosed.

Situs inversus is found in about 0.01% of the population, or about 1 person in 10,000.

The condition affects all major structures within the thorax and abdomen.

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