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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 146-148

Sirenomelia apus: A rare deformity


Department of Pediatrics, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University, Karad, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Vinayak Y Kshirsagar
Department of Pediatrics, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University, Karad - 415110, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.101699

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Sirenomelia also known as the mermaid syndrome, is a rare congenital malformation of uncertain etiology. It is characterized by fusion of the lower limbs and commonly associated with severe urogenital and gastrointestinal malformations. There are approximately 300 cases reported in the literature, 15% of which are associated with twinning, most often monozygotic. The syndrome of caudal regression is thought to be the result of injury to the caudal mesoderm early in gestation.


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