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Sirenomelia (Mermaid Malformation)

    "Sirenomelia is sporadic defect in about 1 of 60,000 newborn infants, more often in males, and it is more common in one of identical twins. It is a severe developmental field defect of the posterior axis caudal blastema, resulting in apparent fusion of the lower limb buds."

    Potter's Pathology of the Fetus and Infant
    Edited by Enid Gilbert-Barnes
    Mosby 1996

from the Gross Specimens collection, courtesy of AUBMC, Department of Pathology

Photography by Børre Ludvigsen, July 1997

Created by the Digital Documentation Center at AUB in collaboration with Al Mashriq of Høgskolen i Østfold, Norway.

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