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Are conjoined twins attached at the head considered one person?

Are conjoined twins attached at the head considered one person?

Good one - no.: Although your question has metaphysical attributes, I would say that clearly cephalopagus conjoined twins are two genetically identical individuals fused at the head, but having separate brain anatomy and psyche. ...Read more

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Conjoined Twins (Definition)

Conjoined twins are identical twins whose bodies are connected to each other, which is a rare phenomenon. Most conjoined twins are stillborn or die shortly after birth. Some surviving conjoined twins can be surgically separated. Conjoined twins develop when a single fertilized egg only partially splits into twin fetuses, or when an egg splits into twins but ...Read more


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Which type of surgeries would be performed to separate conjoined twins?

Which type of surgeries would be performed to separate conjoined twins?

Varies: Depends on the degree and site of joining. It can be as simple as a skin tube with a few vessels in it, to sharing internal organs and fusion of the crest of the skulls. The surgery to separate each in creases in complexity and sometimes would require the sacrifice of one for instance if there were only one brain or one heart. ...Read more

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Why are conjoined twins formed?

Why are conjoined twins formed?

Early accidental dev: Conjoined twins result from incomplete division of two embryonic discs at very early postconceptional age. They are an accident in early human development and exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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When conjoined twins are separated and survive the surgery do they still have the same average life span as would a baby born un conjoined?

When conjoined twins are separated and survive the surgery do they still have the same average life span as would a baby born un conjoined?

Depends: Often conjoined twins share organs and other structures that are vital for living a normal life. It would depend on how they are conjoined. Generally their life expectancy would be lower and moreso in 1 twin. Please ask your pediatric surgeon for guidance. He/she would be the best to know. All the best with this difficult dilemma. ...Read more

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How do conjoined twins have sex with their spouses?

How do conjoined twins have sex with their spouses?

Uncomfortably.: The few historically reported non-separated conjoined twins that survived to adulthood had even fewer instances of marriage and I can only imagine that their intimate relations were not comfortable as they could not have been private. ...Read more

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Are there any conjoined twins with heart defects that survive?

Are there any conjoined twins with heart defects that survive?

Case reports only.: Most such cases die. The exceptions serve to illustrate this rule and are few and far between. ...Read more

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How did those siamese twins have two wives and kids?

How did those siamese twins have two wives and kids?

How indeed?: By bending a lot of rules of society, ethics and even physics, I am sure. ...Read more

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What happens to siamese twins if one of them dies and the other doesn't?

What happens to siamese twins if one of them dies and the other doesn't?

They both die.: Unless they can be emergently/urgently separated with the focus on maximizing the survivor's chance of independent living, both conjoined twins die when one dies. ...Read more

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What are siamese twins?

Conjoined twins: The term "Siamese twins" isn't used medically any longer and may be considered a somewhat crude term for conjoined twins who are identical twins who did not fully separate from each other in the very early stages of development during gestation (prior to birth). Identical twins are really natural "clones"-- a single fertilized egg that split early long before birth into two fully separated beings. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs when one conjoined twin die?

Unless very: Superficial connection, both twins are likely to die if not separated. ...Read more

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What are my chances of having twins (one boy, one girl)?

What are my chances of having twins (one boy, one girl)?

Twins: If you are having twins then there is about 1/3 chance that they will be of the same gender as it would be from monozygote ie one egg and one sperm thus you have a 2/3 chance that there are 2 eggs (Dizygotic) and if they are dizygotic there is about 50 percent chance that they will be of different genders so in short you have a 1/3 chance of carrying twins of different genders. If you do not know ...Read more

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What to do if I have 7 month old twins, girl is great but boy is a nightmare. He cries constantly, even when being held.?

What to do if I have 7 month old twins, girl is great but boy is a nightmare. He cries constantly, even when being held.?

Talk to your: Children's pediatrician. He may have something medically wrong leading to his constant crying, stomach issues, allergies to milk, have them do comprehensive testing. I am reluctant to even explore psychological issues without some medical tests. ...Read more

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I have twins a boy n girl of12 yrs. In weight n height they r lesser then a normal child. How to improve there health any medicine?

I have twins a boy n girl of12 yrs. In weight n height they r lesser then a normal child. How to improve there health any medicine?

Probably normal: Especially since you have twins and both of them are lower on the growth curve for height and weight this is likely a normal pattern of growth. You would still need to have a discussion with you pediatrician to make sure, but there a certain number of kids who are above or below the curves and it is a normal pattern of growth. ...Read more

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My15 months old twins are still not on the chart. Boy is 16 lbs and girl is 18 lbs. They are eating fine, but no progress. Are there any supplements?

My15 months old twins are still not on the chart. Boy is 16 lbs and girl is 18 lbs. They are eating fine, but no progress. Are there any supplements?

Children growth: This answer depends on many things such as birth weight and gestational age. I would ask that at the 15 months well check you examine their growth chart to see how they are doing. They may be doing well. ...Read more

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I have twins, a boy and a girl. One of them has cyanosis. Is this normal?

I have twins, a boy and a girl. One of them has cyanosis. Is this normal?

Depends: Some cyanosis is normal in babies, especially the first few weeks of age. A doctor can help you determine if the oxygen level is normal and if the cyanosis is normal. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my monochorionic diamniotic twins could be a boy and a girl?

Is it possible that my monochorionic diamniotic twins could be a boy and a girl?

Yes: Although it has long been held that monochorionic twins are always identical (monozygotic), there are rare reports of monochorionic/diamniotic twins that are non-identical (dizygotic). This is more common in pregnancies achieved through assisted reproduction (ivf), but is still exceedingly rare. Almost all non-identical twins are dichorionic/diamniotic. ...Read more

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I want to conceive a set of twins- a boy and a girl to be precised, how do I go about it?

I want to conceive a set of twins- a boy and a girl to be precised, how do I go about it?

Same way every time: Urban myth may have you believe you can pre-select your offspring but that is bogus. If you go the test tube baby route you might be able to pretest embryos & have them implanted, but that is tedious & expensive. You get pregnant & get whatever the successful sperm has made. (the sperm determines the sex)you have the same chance for boy or girl any pregnancy. ...Read more