Acute abdominal pain in a separated conjoined twin

Denise B. Klinkner, Gregory J. Beilman

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Abstract

Complications of conjoined twins are typically events surrounding the birth and surgical separation. We report an unusual late-onset complication, a grade IV duodenal disruption of the accessory system in a formerly conjoined twin. Because conjoined twins have unique anatomy based on the junction and division of organs, one must always consider a multitude of causes for common complaints. Basic operative principles apply: the acute abdomen must be explored. Finally, to avoid these complications, removal of all or nearly all parasitic structures must be considered at the initial separation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E39-E42
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

Keywords

  • Acute abdomen
  • Autosite
  • Conjoined twins
  • Late complications
  • Parasite

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