The man was hospitalized with complaints of cough and chest pain. To see the pathology, the doctors sent him to an x-ray. And they saw an unusual image: the man's heart was located closer to the right side of the chest, and the abdominal organs, particularly the liver, were on the left side of the body.
This state is called situs inversus totalis, or transposition of internal organs. It is found in about one in every 10,000 people worldwide. In rare cases, transposition is a deadly condition. If, for example, the heart is located where it is needed, and the other organs are mirrored.
In the case of the 66-year-old patient, situs inversus totalis was not life-threatening. His cough and chest pain were caused by a common infection, which he quickly cured.