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Congenital heart defects in conjoined twins: outcome after surgical separation of thoracopagus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16391976     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this study, we correlated cardiac malformations in the various types of conjoined twins with the proposed site of embryologic union and evaluated the possibility of survival after surgical separation. We conclude that surgical separation is only very rarely successful in twins with united hearts, whereas survival in twins with separate hearts is more dependent on the malformations of other viscera. This report deals primarily with conjoined twins in whom anomalies of the heart are the major factor in deciding whether surgical separation is feasible.
C J McMahon; R Spencer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric cardiology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0172-0643     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Cardiol     Publication Date:    2006 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-02     Completed Date:  2006-09-25     Revised Date:  2008-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003849     Medline TA:  Pediatr Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lillie Frank Abercrombie Section of Pediatric Cardiology, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis,  embryology,  surgery*
Hospital Mortality
Infant, Newborn
Postoperative Complications / etiology*,  mortality
Survival Rate
Treatment Outcome
Twins, Conjoined / classification,  embryology,  surgery*

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