‘Parasitic Twin’ Successfully Removed with Surgery in Tura

Tura, November 02: A 7-month-old girl who was born with a rare “parasitic twin” attached to her body called Xyphophagus has undergone a successful surgery to separate her from this underdeveloped twin.

The parasitic twin had been attached to the upper part of the abdomen and lower part of the chest of a living twin of a female baby and was successfully operated at Tura Civil Hospital, Tura recently.

The operation was done by Pediatric Surgeon, Maternity and Child Hospital, Tura Dr. Lee Roger Ch Marak along with Anesthetist and MD, Tura Civil Hospital Dr Stevie Jaseng N Sangma.

As informed by the Superintendent, Tura Civil Hospital, Dr M A Sangma, the child with parasitic twin was admitted at Tura Civil Hospital on 11th September, 2018. The 7 month old was from the remote stretches of East Garo Hills.

Dr MA Sangma stated that after certain observation and investigations of the child, the procedure to remove her parasitic twin was successfully undertaken.

“It was a complicated case was successfully operated in Garo Hills even though the parasitic twin is connected to the vital organs of the living twin such as liver and intestine and prolapsed intestine coming out of the umbilicus,” said the superintendent.

She explained that a parasitic twin is a type of conjoined twins which occurs when one of the twins fail to develop during pregnancy and becomes dependent on the fully formed domain twin called autositic or living twin.

She added that underdeveloped twin is parasitic and needs to be removed since it was partially developed and formed.

“It is not functional or totally dependent on the living twin for growth and development and thus affects the living twin. Without surgical intervention, it would have severely affected the living twin due to social stigma which included the child’s proper growth, development and education,” said Dr Sangma.

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