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Dicephalus conjoined twins: A historical review with emphasis on viability

Bondeson, Jan 2001. Dicephalus conjoined twins: A historical review with emphasis on viability. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 36 (9) , pp. 1435-1444. 10.1053/jpsu.2001.26393

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Dicephalus conjoined twins (2 heads on 1 body) form a distinct subgroup. They are often stillborn because of cardiopulmonary malformations. This article describes 17 historical cases with particular emphasis on viability. There are reliable reports of unseparated dicephali reaching maturity; 1 pair (the Tocci brothers) reached at least 34 years of age. In the absence of concomitant cardiac, pulmonary, and intestinal malformations, dicephalus conjoined twins may well attain adulthood. This appears to be unrelated to whether they have 4 (dicephalus tetrabrachius) or 3 (dicephalus tribrachius) arms at birth. J Pediatr Surg 36:1435-1444. Copyright © 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
ISSN: 00223468
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:25

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