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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 119-121

Cephalothoracoomphalopagus: A noninvasive study

Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2349-4220.172895

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Conjoined twins are rare variants of monozygotic twins, which result from an incomplete late division of the embryonic disc. Here, we report a rare case of conjoined twins of cephalothoracoomphalopagus variety where the line of fusion extended from the cranium up to the level of the umbilicus. The crown-rump length of each twin was 23 cm, which corresponded to the prenatal age of week 24 in a normal gravidity. The anatomical features of these conjoined twins were observed and external anomalies such as indefinite single nostril and male hypoplastic genitalia were described and documented. The old formalized specimen was studied to reveal anomalies by using current imaging techniques, thus keeping it intact for posterity. Computed tomography (CT) findings suggest cephalothoracopagus twinning, with the gestational age being 24 weeks (approximately). An attempt was made to correlate the findings on embryological basis.

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