Short Term Effects:
Long Term Effects:
- Heart Defects
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD): 1/4 of the patients with Situs Inversus can also have a condition affecting the cilia, causing it to beat backwards. This condition can result in patients being much more susceptible to various illnesses throughout their life. PCD can also cause infertility.
- Kartagener's Syndrome: A condition that results when Situs Inversus Totals and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia occur together. It results in chronic sinusitis and bronchiectasis.
- Lung Infections: Cilia are responsible for clearing mucus from the lungs. A resulting dysfunction can increase a patient's susceptibility to lung infections.