When a pair of conjoined twin girls arrived at a New England hospital last year, doctors were presented with a gut-wrenching case. In an extremely rare occurrence, the twins were connected by the abdomen and pelvis. They had three legs, one of which had a misshapen foot. Imaging tests showed they shared a single liver, while each child had one complete kidney , which drained into a single bladder, and one undersized kidney. The gastrointestinal tracts were fused together. There was one anus and one vagina.
Delivery of Retained Second Twin in Case of Omphalopagus Conjoined Twins: Abdominovaginal Approach
Vaginal birth of conjoined thoracopagus – a rare event | SpringerLink
Conjoined twin is a rare complication of monozygotic twins resulting from incomplete splitting of an embryo into two separate twins or early secondary fusion of two originally separated embryos. When diagnosed at early gestation, one can get adequate time to counsel the family on whether to continue with the pregnancy and proper intervention can be planned. On the other hand, undiagnosed cases may be first recognized in labor after they have caused labor-related complications. In the present case report, an undiagnosed case of a conjoined twin has presented in labor followed by delivery of one baby with the retention of the second baby. This presented a unique challenge to the managing team and required hysterotomy to effect delivery of the unborn baby.
Vaginal birth of conjoined thoracopagus – a rare event
An extremely rare case of vaginal birth of preterm conjoined thoracopagus twins diagnosed after delivery is being described and brief review of literature discussed. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution. Rent this article via DeepDyve.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. The book by Alice Dreger reviewed by Dr Kessel in the December JRSM 1 is a wonderful portrayal of the painful curiosity, acclaim, and social stigma variously associated with conjoined twins, as well as the role of the heroic operations developed for their separation.