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Anatomic description of conjoined twins: a plea for standardized terminology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8811563     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The function of language is communication, but accurate communication is impossible unless the language is mutually understood. In an extensive review of the literature of conjoined twins, considerable difficulty was encountered in interpreting the variations in nomenclature--the designation of the different types of union as well as the identification of the individual twins and their anatomic relationship to one another. For example, the term thoracopagus often includes twins with either one or two hearts; the former rarely (if ever) is capable of surviving, but the latter often do survive. Labeling them as thoracopagus and omphalopagus, respectively, will permit more meaningful comparison between the two types. A simple, logical system of terminology is proposed.
Authors:
R Spencer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric surgery     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0022-3468     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  1996 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-04     Completed Date:  1996-12-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0052631     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  941-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Communication
Heart Defects, Congenital / classification
Humans
Logic
Terminology as Topic*
Thorax / abnormalities
Twins, Conjoined / classification,  pathology*

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