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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1989;23(4): 487-489.
Holoacardius Hemisomus Acephalus: A case report.
Tae Jin Kim, Chong Jai Kim, Sung Hye Park, Suk Keun Lee, Je G Chi
1Department of Pathology, Seoul National University Children's Hospital and College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Oral Pathology, College of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
An autopsy case of holoacardius hemisomus acephalus is reported. She weighed 2,190 gm and the height was 38 cm. The head and upper extremities were absent, while the vertebrae and lower extremities were relatively well developed, but severely edematous. The heart, lungs, stomach, liver, spleen, and pancreas were missing, but the lower abdominal organs including kidneys, adrenal, urinary bladder, and genital organs were present. The intestine was blind-ended at jejunal level but opened into a normal anus. The umbilical cord had two arteries and one vein.
Key Words: Acardius; Heart; Twin; Malformation
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