Research into Causes of Heterotaxy Syndrome

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Current and recent heterotaxy syndrome research projects include:

Although the exact causes of heterotaxy syndrome are not known, research is being conducted into potential risk factors. There is some evidence that a problem with tiny “arms” on the surface of the cells (cilia-like structures) affect the very earliest stages of fetal development when “sided-ness” is being determined. It is hypothesized that this defect causes the problems with differentiation of various fetal structures into right sided or left sided structures.

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