A little girl suffered from a rare anomaly and had a fetus in her skull

A little girl suffered from a rare anomaly and had a fetus in her skull
A little girl suffered from a rare anomaly and had a fetus in her skull

Unbelievable but true. In China, a one-year-old girl was born with a fetus stuck in her skull, an extremely rare condition known scientifically as “fetus in fetu”. It is an abnormality of embryo development in which a fetus ends up inside the body of its twin. It is then called the “parasitic twin”.

In 80% of cases, the absorbed fetal tissue lodges in the abdomen where doctors have a good chance of removing it without harming the patient. Other times, it is identified in other more delicate places such as the oral cavity, scrotum, thorax or coccyx. This disease affects approximately 1 in 500,000 births. Only 18 cases that occurred in the skull have been reported in the history of medicine.

Faced with this situation, neurosurgeons operated on the little girl after observing that she had developmental delays and severe head swelling. She was also incontinent, had difficulty standing and lifting her head. Health professionals performed a craniotomy, a procedure that removes part of the skull.

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The fetus had a spine

Inside, they found a white capsule containing a thick brown fluid and an immature embryo. The fetus had a spine and bones as well as the beginnings of a mouth, eyes, hair, forearms, hands and feet. “It was 18 centimeters long.”

But the little girl did not survive this difficult operation. According to information reported by the Daily Mail, the damage caused to her brain was too severe. She died 15 days later.

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As explained by the doctors in charge of her case, the cause of this anomaly “remains a mystery” but could be linked to environmental pollution, genetics, low temperatures, exposure to pesticides during pregnancy or problems with egg division.

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