European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 134, Issue 3, pp 195–200 | Cite as

The Acardiac Monster

  • R. Lachman
  • M. McNabb
  • M. Furmanski
  • L. Karp
Original Investigations

Abstract

Two cases of acardiac fetuses are presented. Pathological data in 61 cases are tabulated. Classification, terminology and patho-physiological findings are discussed.

The Acardiac Monster is a form of monozygotic multiple gestation lacking a physiological heart and resulting in a bizarre fetal malformation which is sustained in utero by parasitic anastomoses to the circulation of a normal twin fetus. The precise etiology of this phenomenon is still obscure and suggestions are made for the future evaluation of the acardiac fetus.

Key words

Fetus Monozygotic Twinning Chromosome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Lachman
    • 1
  • M. McNabb
    • 1
  • M. Furmanski
    • 1
  • L. Karp
    • 1
  1. 1.Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterTorranceUSA

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