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Abdulhadi H. Al-Mazroea

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Case Report


Kartagener's syndrome (KS) is a rare inherited autosomal recessive condition. It comprises of the triad chronic sinusitis, bronchiectasis, and situs inversus. The symptoms are more prevalent in children in the early years of life. We describe a case of a 15-year-old child showing severe respiratory distress with a history of intermittent wet cough and rhinitis for the past six months. The patient was diagnosed with dextrocardia at birth and had no significant medical history since then. Based on his clinical presentation and imaging findings, he was diagnosed with KS that was confirmed by whole-exome sequencing. The patient was managed with conventional medical therapy, and noninvasive ventilation. He was discharged on long-term intermittent prophylactic antibiotic regimen. KS should be suspected in any child with dextrocardia who has recurrent respiratory tract infections. Early detection of KS is critical for avoiding complications and improving patients' quality of life.

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