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Medicine For Conjoined Twins
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
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
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
Expect that this: Would be managed through a C section. ...Read more
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
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
Case reports only.: Most such cases die. The exceptions serve to illustrate this rule and are few and far between. ...Read more
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
How indeed?: By bending a lot of rules of society, ethics and even physics, I am sure. ...Read more
Unless very: Superficial connection, both twins are likely to die if not separated. ...Read more
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
Cross your fingers: The frequency of natural twinning is between 1-2%. Use of prescription medications can increase that chance to as high as 25%, but most us docs feel its inappropriate purely for conceiving multiples. There is nothing otc that will affect your twin chances. ...Read more
About 1%: Natural twins occur in about 1 in 100 pregnancies. Identical twins are roughly 1/3 of these. ...Read more
I have a 3month twins. Both of them they have a sinus and cough what kind a medicine can I give them?
Antibiotics?: A sinus infection in a 3 month old is typically diagnosed after having significant nasal congestion and a cough that persists beyond 14 days, when a typical cold would have resolved. This condition is generally best treated with a prolonged course (14-21 days) of an antibiotic such as augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). ...Read more
Yes.: A medication used to help infertile couples, called Clomid, (clomiphene) when given to a normal woman can increase her chance of having twins to about 33%. See your OB/Gyn for other, more natural ways to increase your chances of twinning, including dietary strategies. Yams, or cassava, for instance increase some people's chances of having a twin pregnancy fourfold. Eating dairy also increases your chances. ...Read more
No meds: Keep patient upright after feeds for at least one hour, patient doesn't necessarily need medication unless they aren't gaining weight, refusing to feed. For irritability and fussiness. Keep head of bed elevated 30-40 degrees. These simple moves, should help improve the reflux. Also don't over feed a child. Stomach can't take more than 4-5 ounces a feed at this age. ...Read more
Please I would like to have twins or triplets, could you tell me the best fartility drugs for that?
Clomid/HMG if needed: These two drugs should only be used if you are not ovulating and it is indicated by a md. ...Read more
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
Can you "rig" the potential to have twins. Even if fertile, does taking a fertility drug make multiples work my wife is 40 and we'd like to make sure we have 2 kids
There: There is no evidence of any means to increase the chance of twins. Having twins is influenced by genetics. Older woman also have a higher chance of having twins. Fertility drugs do increase the risk of twins. Twin pregnancies are fraught with complications and are considered high risk. A woman age 40 will most likely be able to have two successful pregnancies. ...Read more
My previous child (now 16 yrs) has bipolar disorder. What preventive measures/drugs can I take to avoid it for my twins (currently 29th week)?
Bipolar Disorder: There are no drugs which prevent bipolar disorder. It is largely genetic. However, consistent parenting skills, nonuse of corporal punishment, consistent and age appropriate discipline, good sleep hygeine and nutrition are all important for mental health in general. Hope this helps! ...Read more
How can I reproduce twins, Is there a type of drug to use to reproduce more than one egg? I just stop birth control got a PMS oct 29 still Novemb no AF
Not available: There is no drug that is used for increasing the chance for twinning. Twin pregnancies are inherently more risky and more complicated. It is much safer for mom and babies o have singleton pregnancies. ...Read more
What is the best over-the-counter fertility drug to use if I want to conceive twins? I am 25 and TTC with irregular cycles.
My ex is addicted to crack cocaine (15yrs). I use no substances. I recently had twins. Could his drug use harm his sperm affecting our kids health?
My mother is a twin (b/g), I am a triplet (b/b/g), my husband is a twin (b/b). No use of fertility drugs. What are my odds of conceiving multiples?
Greatly increased: With that much positive family I you and your husband's families, there is at the least an increased chance of multiple births since they were conceived naturally. A late first trimester ultrasound will confirm your thoughts. Be prepared for a happy surprise! ...Read more