Journal of Clinical Case Reports

ISSN: 2165-7920

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Sirenomelia in a Cameroonian Woman: A Case Report and Review of the Literature


Frederick LI Morfaw

Sirenomelia is a rare congenital malformative disorder characterized by fusion of the lower limbs giving a characteristic mermaid-like appearance to the affected foetus. We report a case of sirenomelia occurring in a 19 year old Cameroonian woman following premature rupture of membranes and associated cord prolapse. This is the first documented case in this country. We highlight the some of the cultural myths associated with this disorder and discuss our findings relative to the present literature and related controversies on its etiopathogenesis.


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