Tanzanian conjoined twins separated at Chennai hospital

Chennai, Dec 16 : Nine-month-old Ericana and Eluidi, pygapagus (joined at the buttocks) twins from Tanzania, were separated after an operation at the Apollo Speciality Hospital here Monday, doctors said. Their condition is stable.

A medical bulletin issued by the hospital said Ericana and Eluidi were separated at 9 p.m. in an operation that started around 10 a.m.

Both babies will undergo reconstruction surgery.

Around 9 a.m., catheters were inserted into the individual bladders to monitor their urine output. At 10.15 a.m., incision was made by plastic surgeons who went in 8-cm deep to separate the gluteal muscles.

The children were turned over, and neurosurgeons identified the place where the spine was fused. They divided the spine protecting all nerve routes.

The operation continued and at 6 p.m., the condition of the babies was stable and the urine output excellent. The heart rate, respiration, body temperature and blood pressure were all normal, the bulletin said.

Conjoined twins are seen in one in 200,000 deliveries. However, more than 60 percent of them are stillborn while 35 percent of the remaining die within a few days or months of birth due to various causes.

Conjoined twins can be joined at the chest, abdomen, back, buttock and head. Fusion at the buttocks (pygopagus) is very rare and accounts for less than 17 percent of all such twins.

Live-born pygopagus twins are usually of female sex. Male pygopagus twins are extremely rare. Till now in medical history, only 30 sets of pygopagus twins have been reported, out of which 26 were females and only four were males, making Eluidi and Ericana the fifth such male pair to be reported in the world, the hospital said.

--IANS (Posted on 17-12-2013)

tamil-nadu-news headlines

Jayalalithaa dismisses rumours of AIADMK being 'B team' of BJP

Karuna hails apex court verdict on transgenders

NaMo to address poll rally in Tamil Nadu dist

30 held in connection with yesterday's clash

Koodankulam nuclear power project producing power:Kakodkar

Three get life sentence for robbing and murdering woman

Bandh affects normal life in Sivakasi

Lovers end life over caste tangle

Jayalalithaa challenges Karunanidhi to debate on Cauvery issue

India's anti-freebie fighter gears up for court battle

BJP members angry over Nilgiris nomination fiasco

BJP cadres want action on nomination fiasco in Nilgiris

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014


Your e-mail:

Your Full Name:

Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box


Back to Top