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Thoraco-Omphalopagus Conjoined Twins in Chamois-Coloured Domestic Goat Kids.
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PMID:  22070788     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
With 2 figures SUMMARY: Conjoined twins have been observed in a wide range of mammalian and non-mammalian species; they are considered to be more common in bovine, less frequent in sheep and pig and extremely rare in horse and goat. A pair of female conjoined twins was delivered from a 2-year-old Chamois-coloured domestic goat. Post-mortem examination revealed two identical and symmetrical twins, fused from the manubrium sterni to the region just caudal to the umbilicus. The rib cages were conjoined in the ventral plane with a single set of pericardial, pleural and peritoneal cavities. Internal examination revealed the presence of a common diaphragm and a single enlarged liver. Within a single central pericardium, two malformed hearts were present. Reports on this type of congenital duplication in goats have not been found in the literature. Thoracopagus and thoraco-omphalopagus are the most common types of conjoined twins in human beings and are associated with the highest mortality because of the frequent incidence of complex cardiac anatomy.
D Binanti; P Riccaboni
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anatomia, histologia, embryologia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-0264     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7704218     Medline TA:  Anat Histol Embryol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.
Address of authors: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Hygiene and Public Health, Veterinary University Hospital, Università degli Studi di Milano, Lodi 26900, Italy.
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