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Title: Mermaid syndrome: a case report in Mauritius
Autores: Ramphul, K.
González Mejías, Stephanie
Ramphul, Y.
Researchers (UNIBE): González Mejías, Stephanie 
Affiliations: Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud 
Research area: Ciencias de la Salud
Keywords: Caudal regression syndrome; Mermaid syndrome; Sirenomelia
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Cureus, Inc.
Source: Cureus, 10(2), e2210
Journal: Cureus 
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Start page: e2210
Sirenomelia is a rare congenital malformation that results in the fusion of the lower limbs together with multiple visceral anomalies. We report a case of sirenomelia observed in Mauritius and the different findings seen in the baby. The baby had fused lower extremities and bony structures for each leg were present. The umbilical cord consisted of a single artery and one vein. The external genitalia was absent and an imperforate anus was also seen. An x-ray revealed poorly expanded lungs and two distinct sets of femur and tibia were seen on imaging. However, a fused fibula and a fused talus were also noted. Multiple theories have been suggested for the pathogenesis of this condition, and despite recent progress in pathology, this condition remains debated.
DOI: 10.7759/cureus.2210
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