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Conjoined twins--past, present, and future.
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PMID:  16677900     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Conjoined twins are rare and complex anomalies of the newborn. They require a highly experienced team and a center equipped to deal with such challenging anatomy. METHOD: A review of 31 sets of conjoined twins was managed by one team over a 15-year period. The spectrum of the anomalies, management strategies, and outcomes will be analyzed with future recommendations. RESULTS: Ten sets of complete conjoined twins and two sets of parasitic conjoined twins were successfully separated. Tissue expanders and prosthetic meshes were not required. A separation of one set of craniopagus parasiticus conjoined twins was attempted, but abandoned owing to major vascular and brain sharing. The remaining 18 sets were not separable owing to major cardiac anomalies and/or sharing, and all died within several weeks of birth. CONCLUSION: Careful planning, a multidisciplinary approach, rehearsal, and experience are important factors in dealing with conjoined twins. Tissue expanders and prosthetic meshes are not required in most cases. Selective abortion or fetal intervention may play a role in the future.
Abdullah Al Rabeeah
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric surgery     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1531-5037     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-08     Completed Date:  2006-10-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0052631     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1000-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pediatric Surgery, King Abdulaziz Medical City-Riyadh, PO Box 22490, Riyadh 11426, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Follow-Up Studies
Twins, Conjoined / surgery*

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