Conjoined Twins: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Conjoined Twins FAQ and Answers

Kendra and Maliyah Herrin
Kendra and Maliyah Herrin. Jake Herrin; used with permission

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Q: What are conjoined twins?
A: Conjoined twins are... read more.

Q: How does it happen?
A: Monozygotic-- also known as identical -- twins form when... read more.

Q: How often does it happen?
A: It's a fairly rare occurrence... read more.

Q: What are Siamese Twins?
A: Siamese twins are...

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Q: What are the types of conjoined twins?
A: Types are defined according to... read more.

Q: What is the prognosis for conjoined twins?
A: The prognosis depends on... read more.

Q: How are conjoined twins separated?
A: Since the late twentieth century, many medical advances have resulted in the successful surgical separation of conjoined twins... read more.

Q: How can I get in contact with other parents of conjoined twins?
A: Parents of conjoined twins rely on support from each other... read more.

Q: Are there car seats for conjoined twins?
A: Although many conjoined twins will require hospitalization after birth, obtaining a specialized car seat will be a priority for parents... read more.

Questions From My Mailbox
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Q: "Is there a certain sex or ethnic group that Siamese Twins occur more in?"...


Q: "I know that conjoined twins share identical DNA sets but do they also share identical fingerprints?"... Answer.

Q: "Is it posible for conjoined twins to be conjoined head to leg or arm to back? Basically, not having the same parts conjoined?"... Answer.

Q: "Is there any reason why twins are conjoined? Is there any way to prevent it before birth?"...


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