Undiagnosed xiphopagus twins: a perinatal malady

  • Gowri Dorairajan | gowridorai@hotmail.com Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India.

Abstract

Conjoined twins are a very rare entity. It is associated with poor survival rate in the presence of vital organ sharing. The entity can be diagnosed as early as the first trimester. A conjoined twin diagnosed late in labor is a malady with high perinatal mortality and maternal morbidity. We present one such case of xiphopagus twins. The management of a case diagnosed late in labor can be very challenging. Such obstetric challenges can be avoided by a meticulous early scan with a high index of suspicion, especially in the absence of separating membrane while scanning multiple pregnancies.

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Author Biography

Gowri Dorairajan, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
Associate Profesor Obstetrics and Gynecology
Published
2012-02-02
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
conjoined twins, labor dystocia, monoamniotic twins, perinatal ultrasound, xiphopagus twins.
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How to Cite
Dorairajan, G. (2012). Undiagnosed xiphopagus twins: a perinatal malady. Clinics and Practice, 2(1), e23. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2012.e23