Doctors removed a parasitic twin found inside the belly of a newborn baby this week in Changzhou, Jiangsu province.
Doctors suspected something was wrong with the newborn, who weighed just over three kilograms, due to the abnormal shape of her belly. A scan revealed what appeared to be a large “tumor”, 16 centimeters in diameter, growing inside her stomach.
After a two-hour long operation, doctors were able to successfully remove the growth from the eight-day-old baby. They realized that the mass of tissue was actually a parasitic twin, an abnormality that occurs when twin embryos do not fully separate from one another and one ceases development during gestation.
Doctors informed the family that the parasitic twin inside their newborn had even grown hair.
The specific abnormality is classified as fetus in fetu, and despite being an extremely rare condition, is not the first case we’ve reported on this year.
A study about a baby girl in Hong Kong who was found to have a pair of twin fetuses growing inside of her body was published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal in February. Fetus in fetu occurs only 1 in every 500,000 births.
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By Tanto Chen
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