Acta Neuropathologica

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 80–82 | Cite as

Central nervous system of a thoracopagus

  • T. Wongmongkolrit
  • M. Lederhandler
  • U. Roessmann
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Summary

Postmortem examination of the central nervous system (CNS) of a dicephalus thoracopagus tetrapus revealed two separate brains and spinal cords. On the conjoined side the spinal cord showed hypoplasia of the anterior horns and dorsal funiculi at the lower cervical and upper thoracic levels. Hypoplasia of the peripheral nerves, anterior horn cells, and dorsal funiculi is a consequence of a reduction in tissue mass due to a loss of inductive influence.

Key words

Nervous system Conjoined twins Thoracopagus 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Wongmongkolrit
    • 1
  • M. Lederhandler
    • 2
  • U. Roessmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Neuropathology, Institute of PathologyCase Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of ClevelandClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Pathology, Institute of PathologyCase Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of ClevelandClevelandUSA

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