The mother of the child had noticed that the abdominal mass was growing in size and at 18 months, examinations and scans had revealed the existence of a malnourished twin within the lower right quadrant of the child’s abdomen,
An earlier diagnosis may be made though, as there have been advances in medical technology such as ultrasounds and the like. However, this may not be 100% valid in confirming whether there is or there isn’t a parasitic twin. Most times, CT scans and MRI scans are more capable of narrowing the diagnosis.
How is fetus-in-fetu treated?
Despite the parasitic twin being considered a living thing, it cannot thrive on its own. It relies strongly on the presence of the matured twin and feeds off the same internal processes, which can prove to be dangerous for the matured child.
It is imperative to treat these kinds of situations immediately. Even if the twin and the event of fetus-in-fetu itself is benign, many health and safety problems can occur. A parasitic twin is likened more to a tumor than it is a real child because of its structure and growth.
During the diagnosis and pre-operative assessment, surgical planning will be made in order to successfully execute operations in cases as complex as this. The surgical and operative treatment for fetus-in-fetu is a curative one as it is a benign disease.
The main indication in the resection process is to prevent the presence of symptoms of an intra-abdominal mass.
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