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The mermaid syndrome (sirenomelia) : a rare case report

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Malay Sarkar,

Malda Medical College and Hospital, Malda, West Bengal, IN
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Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology
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Dibyendu Roy ,

Malda Medical College and Hospital, Malda, West Bengal, IN
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RMO Cum Clinical Tutor, Department of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology
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Jaydeb Mandal,

Malda Medical College and Hospital, Malda, West Bengal, IN
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RMO Cum Clinical Tutor, Department of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology
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Mita Halder,

Malda Medical College and Hospital, Malda, West Bengal, IN
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RMO Cum Clinical Tutor, Department of Obstetrics
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Raj Mohon Ghosh

Malda Medical College and Hospital, Malda, West Bengal, IN
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Senior Resident, Department of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology
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Abstract

Mermaid syndrome is a very rare fatal congenital anomaly characterized by fusion and atrophy of lower limbs giving an appearance of human head and upper body with tail of a fish. Incidence of the condition is 1 in nearly 100,000 pregnancies with unknown aetiology. Here we present a case of mermaid syndrome which was a live born and delivered vaginally at term of third gravida tribal women of lower socio-economic status. We examined the baby clinically and found caudal dysgenesis having fusion of lower limbs, single leg with one foot and three toes. There were no anus and external genitalia. We report such a case due to its rarity and term live birth.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljog.v35i4.6596

Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2013; 35: 125-127

How to Cite: Sarkar, M. et al., (2014). The mermaid syndrome (sirenomelia) : a rare case report. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 35(4), pp.125–127. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljog.v35i4.6596
Published on 19 Feb 2014.
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