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Separation of craniopagus conjoined twins: an evolution in thought.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15636762     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Advances in medicine have enabled more craniopagus twins to survive separation, but the ultimate goal, to have both twins emerge from their separation with full neurologic function and a chance at leading independent and productive lives, remains elusive. The authors were contacted to evaluate craniopagus conjoined male infant twins for separation. Once it was determined that the brains were separate, they reviewed the literature and elected to design an open-ended multistaged separation. Four major stages over 9 and a half months led to the successful separation and preservation of neurologic function. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first such outcome in such a case. This article reviews the pertinent literature and discusses the authors' rationale and methodology.
David A Staffenberg; James T Goodrich
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in plastic surgery     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0094-1298     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Plast Surg     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-07     Completed Date:  2005-03-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0424767     Medline TA:  Clin Plast Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-34, viii     Citation Subset:  IM    
Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Montefiore Medical Center, 3415 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Head / pathology,  surgery*
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods
Twins, Conjoined / pathology,  surgery*

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