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Recurrent respiratory infections and unusual radiology: a woman with Kartagener's syndrome
  1. Cecilia Ronnevi1,
  2. Cristian Ortiz-Villalon2,
  3. Jacek Pawlowski3,
  4. Giovanni Ferrara1,4,5
  1. 1Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2Department of Pathology and Cytology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
  3. 3Section of Thoracic Radiology, Department of Radiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
  4. 4Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  5. 5Department of Internal Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Giovanni Ferrara, giovanni.ferrara{at}


A 39-year-old woman with known situs inversus and a medical history of asthma had been suffering from recurring bronchial pneumonias and sinusitis for as long as she could remember. After being treated several times with antibiotics due to the frequent respiratory infections and after a CT scan that showed bilateral bronchiectasis, she was referred to the department of respiratory diseases, where another confirming X-ray and a bronchoscopy were performed based on a suspicion of Kartagener's syndrome.

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