Conjoined Twins

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Conjoined Twins

Conjoined twins are identical twins whose bodies are connected together. Conjoined twins form during development when the egg is fertilized and begins to separate to form twins but does not do so completely. This happens in 1 in 50,000 to 200,000 births, and the outcomes for conjoined twins vary depending on how their bodies are joined and which organs they share. In some cases, conjoined twins may be stillborn. In other cases, the twins may be surgically separated. Separation surgery can be difficult and have a number of risks, though some conjoined twins have been successfuly separated and have gone on to live normal lives. Some conjoined twins have survived while remaining connected, because separation surgery presented too many risks.

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The terms "Conjoined Twins" returned 78 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Parapagus (dicephalus, tetrabrachius, dipus) conjoined twins and their rehabilitation.
 

Author(s): Sibel Başaran, Rengin Güzel, Erbuğ Keskin, Tunay Sarpel

Journal: Turk. J. Pediatr.. ;55(1):99-103.

 

A case of female parapagus conjoined twins living as unseparated is presented in this report. The twins had two heads, four arms and two legs. As a result of their fusion, operative care had been considered to be unacceptable, and the family had refused to take care of them. At three ...

Last Updated: 22 May 2013

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Conjoined twins: twenty years' experience at a reference center in Brazil.
 

Author(s): Ana Cristina Aoun Tannuri, Julio Americo Pereira Batatinha, Manoel Carlos Prieto Velhote, Uenis Tannuri

Journal: Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2013 ;68(3):371-7.

 

This study reports on the experience of one hospital regarding the surgical aspects, anatomic investigation and outcomes of the management of 21 conjoined twin pairs over the past 20 years.

Last Updated: 6 May 2013

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[Delivery of conjoined twins fortuitously discovered during labor at the University Hospital of Dakar].
 

Author(s): Mamour Guèye, Serigne Modou Kane Guèye, Mame Diarra Ndiaye Guèye, Abdoul Aziz Diouf, Mouhamadou Mansour Niang, Moussa Diallo, Mamadou Lamine Cissé, Jean Charles Moreau

Journal: Pan Afr Med J. 2012 ;12():102.

 

Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012

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The terms "Conjoined Twins" returned 6 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Dicephalus dipus tetrabrachius conjoined twins of Zaria: case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): P O Ibinaiye, P M Mshelbwala, N Abdulgafar, A K Lawal

Journal: Niger J Clin Pract. ;16(3):395-7.

 

One of the most interesting congenital malformations to manage is a conjoined twin. Conjoined twins are rare occurrences in obstetric/pediatric practice. More commonly known as Siamese twins, this phenomenon is shrouded in mystery and considered a curiosity by general public. Current ...

Last Updated: 17 Jun 2013

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Ischiopagus conjoined twins at 9 weeks of gestation: three-dimensional ultrasound and power Doppler findings.
 

Author(s): K-H Fang, J-L Wu, G-P Yeh, P-H Chou, J-C Hsu, C T-C Hsieh

Journal: Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Mar;25(3):309-10.

 

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2005

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Vaginal delivery of dicephalic parapagus conjoined twins: case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Mehmet Harma, Muge Harma, Zeki Mil, Cevdet Oksuzler

Journal: Tohoku J. Exp. Med.. 2005 Feb;205(2):179-85.

 

After an unsuccessful midwife-assisted delivery in which a head was born but delivery could not be advanced, episiotomy performed at Sanliurfa Maternity Hospital allowed vaginal delivery of female conjoined twins. Visual and x-ray examination showed two heads, two vertebral columns, ...

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2005

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