These Siamese ‘spider’ twins were born with three legs, four arms and a penis

These Siamese ‘spider’ twins were born with three legs, four arms and a penis
These Siamese ‘spider’ twins were born with three legs, four arms and a penis

With a frequency of around 1 in 50,000 to 1 in 100,000 births, the arrival of conjoined twins is a very rare phenomenon. In Indonesia, conjoined twins were born in 2018.

So quickly, these babies were nicknamed “spider“, from a scientific point of view, these twins are said Ischiopagus Tripus, that is to say they share a common basin. In fact, they are born with three legs, two of which are functional, four arms and a penis. They also share a bladder, rectum and intestine. Doctors believe one of the twins had one of his kidneys underdeveloped, known as left kidney hypoplasia, while the other had only one kidney.

This case was reported in an American medical journal on May 12, 2024. If these children survived the pregnancy and childbirth, they were forced to keep the lying position for the first three years of their life.

No family history of medical problems and no complications during pregnancy were reported by the parents, who already have two older children. A team of surgeons agreed to perform surgery to amputate the third leg, realign the trunk and stabilize the hips so they could sit up. “We successfully reconstructed the pelvis using locking plates, additional 3.5mm cortical screws and 1.2mm stainless steel wire“, add the authors who report this case.

The operation lasted several hours, there were no complications. This procedure allowed the twins to sit up and potentially stand.

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