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Mermaid syndrome: virtually no hope for survival.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15221362     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sirenomelia, also called the mermaid syndrome is a severe malformation involving multiple organs and characterized by partially or completely developed lower extremities fused by the skin. The birth of a "mermaid" is very rare (1.2-4.2 cases for 100,000 births); most are stillborn, or die at or shortly after birth. The case of a living female neonate with dipodic simelia (fusion of well-developed legs) is presented. No prenatal diagnosis was made and the newborn had an uneventful neonatal course following Cesarean section delivery. The complex and striking malformation was obvious at birth and further evaluation revealed very poorly functioning kidneys, associated with abnormal anorectum, urogenital tract, and external genitalia, as well as a pelvic malformation. Supportive care was applied because of the poor prognosis and the child died at 7 weeks of age, due to renal failure.
Nicolas Lutz; Blaise Julien Meyrat; Jean-Pierre Guignard; Judith Hohlfeld
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2004-06-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric surgery international     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0179-0358     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Surg. Int.     Publication Date:  2004 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-18     Completed Date:  2004-12-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8609169     Medline TA:  Pediatr Surg Int     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  559-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, 1011, Lausanne, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Abnormalities, Multiple
Ectromelia / pathology*
Fatal Outcome
Infant, Newborn
Lower Extremity Deformities, Congenital / pathology*

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