Early Prenatal Diagnosis of Thoracopagus Twins by Ultrasound
Mahmoud Alkhateeb, Mahmoud Mashaqbeh, Sami Magableh, Rafiq Hadad, Quteiba Nseer, Abdelkhaleg Alshboul.
Introduction: Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in utero. Its a rare phenomenon and present a unique challenge to obstetricians and pediatric surgeons. Conjoined twins are complex complication of monozygotic twinning, which is associated with high perinatal mortality. Case report: At our clinic complete anomaly scan was done, the patients was found to have monozygotic twins of 15 weeks gestation and carrying a conjoint twin. Our ultrasound revealed fully developed heads facing each other, joint at the thorax and sharing a common abdomen. These twins share a single heart with two atrium and two ventricle. They decide for termination of pregnancy after taken the opinion of religious people. Termination of pregnancy was performed by many methods and we chose to use cytotec tablets which inserted vaginally and the outcome was conjoint twin with two bodies fused from the upper thorax to lower belly. Both fetuses are female and died immediately after termination of pregnancy.
Key words: ultrasound, conjoined twins, termination of pregnancy.