An unusual case in which a child born with another baby growing up in the abdomen gained international attention when the transferring physician alerted a local television station who documented the birth of the child and the subsequent surgery to his to remove partially formed twin. 19659002] Dr. med. Miguel Parra-Saavedra, a high-risk specialist in Barranquilla, Colombia, told the New York Times that he first saw mother Monica Vega when she was 35 weeks pregnant after her obstetrician suspected that her unborn child, Itzamara , suspected to have developed a liver cyst.
But the Parra-Saavedra equipment actually discovered a fluid-filled room containing a tiny, partially developed infant, and a separate umbilical cord attached to Itzamara's bowel, which served as a blood source.
The rare phenomenon has been documented several times and is classified as a "fetus in fetu".
The rare disease is a congenital anomaly in which a malformed parasitic fetus is found in the body of its developing twin
Different fetal parts may be present, like the vertebrae, with a different number of developed limbs. According to the British Medical Journal, one in 500,000 births is most commonly referred to as "abdominal mass," but it can also be found in other parts of the body.
Researchers note the occurrence is very similar to that of a teratoma, a type of embryonic tumor typically made up of germ cells.
Fetus-in-fetu is not subject to any malignant change that occurs more commonly in teratomas, and the latter would also do certain features such as a spine found in a fetus-in-fetu case, according to the National Institutes of Health is, not available.
On February 22, Vega Itzamara gave birth to C. in the 37th week of pregnancy -section and surgeons removed the twin laparoscopically the following day from her abdomen.
Parra-Saavedra told The New York Times that the twin has a head and developed limbs, but no brain or heart.
Parra-Saavedra said Itzamara was in good condition and was a "normal baby."
"I've never heard of it in my life," Parra-Saavedra said about the diagnosis.
"I really did not expect this to happen."