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Skip to content. What is heterotaxy syndrome isomerism? Heterotaxy syndrome is a rare birth defect that involves the heart and other organs. There are different forms of heterotaxy syndrome. All usually involve heart defects of varying types and severity. In addition, organs such as the stomach, intestines, liver and lungs may be in abnormal places in the chest and abdomen.

Here are general descriptions of two types of heterotaxy syndrome. The morphology structure of the heart varies from child to child. Types of heterotaxy syndrome include:. In nearly all cases of right atrial isomerism and some cases of left atrial isomerism, symptoms will appear at birth or a few days after because the heart defects are severe.

In these cases, symptoms include:. In many cases, heterotaxy syndrome is diagnosed before birth. CHOP has its own delivery unit on the same floor as cardiac operating rooms and cardiac patient care units. Newborns can be in the care of pediatric cardiologists and specially trained cardiac nurses immediately after birth.

After the child is born, diagnosis of heterotaxy syndrome may require some or all of these tests:. Sometimes, cardiac catheterization will be required. Other diagnostic tests on other areas of the body will also be required, including renal ultrasound and abdominal ultrasound. Throughout diagnosis and treatment, your Cardiac Center team will work with specialists, such as urologists, gastroenterologists and others, to provide the best care for this complex condition.

Treatment for heterotaxy syndrome varies depending on the severity of the heart defects and other organ abnormalities. Most patients with left atrial isomerism will require surgical procedures or catheterization to repair holes in the heart or other problems.

Some patients will require implantable pacemakers or defibrillators to control abnormal heart rhythm. Nearly all patients with right atrial isomerism, and some patients with left atrial isomerism, will require a series of major heart surgeries.

Surgeons will reconfigure the heart and circulatory system so that the heart functions with one ventricle pumping chamber , instead of two.

This is called Fontan circulation and requires three open heart surgeries, called staged reconstruction. The procedures include the Norwood procedure, hemi-Fontan or Glenn operation, and the Fontan procedure. Though early outcomes for patients with single ventricle heart defects after staged reconstruction have improved dramatically, the period between the Norwood procedure and the Glenn operation remains a very vulnerable time for infants.

CHOP created the Infant Single Ventricle Monitoring Program to focus on the care and monitoring of infants with single ventricle heart defects between the first and second reconstructive surgeries. Patients with Fontan circulation are referred to as single ventricle patients. As these patients get older, doctors are recognizing that, while some do fine, many experience complications, including lung, liver and gastrointestinal diseases.

In addition, as a group, children with complex congenital heart defects who have had open heart surgery as infants are at a higher risk for neurodevelopmental issues when compared to children without congenital heart defects. All children with heterotaxy syndrome will require lifelong care by a cardiologist.

In many cases, children with this condition will have many needs and will require care from different teams at CHOP for many years. For instance, in patients who do not have a spleen, an infection can quickly become life-threatening. If the child develops a fever one sign of infection , the family must take the child to a hospital quickly, as IV antibiotics may be required. Your team at the Cardiac Center will make sure you understand the steps you need to take to help keep your child safe.

We will help older patients with heterotaxy syndrome transition to an adult cardiologist. The Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center , a joint program of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine, meets the unique needs of adults who were born with heart defects. Our specialists are leading the way in the diagnosis, treatment and research of congenital and acquired heart conditions.

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Finn, 3, loves to run, dance, and climb the stairs. Watching him, you would never guess he was born with serious heart defects. Carl, 4, is an energetic and happy child. Heterotaxy Syndrome Isomerism. Outpatient Appointments. Contact Us Online. The intestines may have malrotation, which is when the loops of bowel are lined up incorrectly. With this problem the bowel can twist on itself volvulus. Many children with malrotation need abdominal surgery to correct it. Some children with heterotaxy syndrome can have a very serious condition of the liver called biliary atresia.

This also may require surgical intervention. There may also be irregularities with the skeleton, central nervous system and urinary tract. In some cases of heterotaxy syndrome, the spleen may not work correctly or may be missing entirely.

This can cause many problems, because the spleen helps the body fight infections. In some cases, there may be a functioning spleen, but it may be divided into several smaller spleens polysplenia. This means the heart is in the right chest instead of the left chest. Types of heterotaxy syndrome include: Right atrial isomerism: Children with this condition have multiple heart defects.

They may have septal defects holes between the tissue dividing the two sides of the heart and problems with heart valves, particularly the pulmonary valve. They may also have abnormalities of the blood returning from the lungs to the heart anomalous pulmonary venous connection. The spleen may be absent asplenia , and the liver and other organs may be on the wrong side of the body. Some children with this problem have complete heart block , which is when the upper-chamber electrical system does not communicate with the lower-chamber electrical system.

Most children require pacemakers for this problem. The spleen may be absent, or there may be several small spleens polysplenia , instead of one spleen. An Innovative Procedure. Between the Norwood and Glenn operations Though early outcomes for patients with single ventricle heart defects after staged reconstruction have improved dramatically, the period between the Norwood procedure and the Glenn operation remains a very vulnerable time for infants.

Through age 18 Patients with Fontan circulation are referred to as single ventricle patients. Into adulthood We will help older patients with heterotaxy syndrome transition to an adult cardiologist.

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Heterotaxy, visceral, 3, autosomal 2 HTX3 7p Autosomal visceral heterotaxy-8 is an autosomal recessive developmental disorder characterized by visceral situs inversus associated with complex congenital heart malformations caused by defects in the normal left-right asymmetric positioning of internal organs summary by Vetrini et al. For a discussion of the genetic heterogeneity of visceral heterotaxy, see HTX1 Vetrini et al. In 1 infant, the abnormalities were apparent on prenatal ultrasound at 21 weeks' gestation. The features were slightly different between the 2 sibs, but included atrial situs solitus, atrial situs ambiguus, unbalanced atrioventricular septal defect, left ventricular hypoplasia, double-outlet right ventricle with malposition of the great arteries, pulmonary atresia, right-sided stomach, left-sided liver, and right-sided spleen. She was diagnosed in the first weeks of life with situs inversus totalis and congenital heart disease including congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries ventricular inversion with a small left ventricle, pulmonary atresia, and ventricular septal defect.

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Skip to content. What is heterotaxy syndrome isomerism? Heterotaxy syndrome is a rare birth defect that involves the heart and other organs. There are different forms of heterotaxy syndrome. All usually involve heart defects of varying types and severity. In addition, organs such as the stomach, intestines, liver and lungs may be in abnormal places in the chest and abdomen.

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