Can there be siamese twins that share a head?
#17591. Asked by graciebarn256. (Mar 24 02 5:33 PM)
Conjoined twins have fascinated me ever since I read a biography of Chang and |
Eng Bunker, decades ago. I looked at the site Bobby gave, because I had never
heard of a pair of conjoined twins with one head.
Craniopagus: Cranial union only, about 2% of all conjoined twins.
Cephalopagus: Anterior union of the upper half of the body with two faces on
opposite sides of a conjoined head. Extremely rare. The heart is sometimes
involved. A combination of types 3 and 4 is called epholothoracopagus. See:
All of these definitions mean they are joined at the head, not that they have
one head. Joined at the head means two brains, two people.
Lori and Dori Schappell (one of U.S.'s oldest surviving non-separated conjoined
twins) are one of the best examples of this type of conjoined twins. I have see
several documentaries and interviews with them. Even with their condition, they
lead separate lives, attended college and have separate jobs. They maintain they
would never be separated, even if it were possible, which it is not at their age.
However, these days, twins joined at the head are being separated right after
birth, before the skull is completely developed. See:
There is no such thing as conjoined twins with one head. That would mean one
brain, one person and the medical condition would have nothing to do with
conjoined twins. They would be treated as one person born with multiple limbs.
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