HEART & LUNGS - Situs inversus

This specimen shows larynx, trachea, heart and lungs. The lungs show three complete lobes on the left and two lobes on the right. The apex of the heart points to the right. The right ventricle and pulmonary artery can be seen facing the front of the jar. The left ventricle can be seen on the right of the specimen and the aorta arising from it passes to the right of the trachea. See also G.127.
This child was known to have dextrocardia. He was put to bed at about midnight, when he appeared normal, but was found dead in bed at 7.30am the following morning. He had had a minor respiratory complaint, and had been taken to a doctor three days before death. The cause of death was ascribed to sudden infant death syndrome.