Mermaid syndrome is a congenital disorder. It is a disorder that very rarely appears today. Therefore, it is considered a rare disease. Patients develop it during embryonic growth and manifest it at birth.
Although it tends to appear more frequently in male patients, there are also clinical cases of female patients.
It should be noted that the mermaid syndrome is closely related to the appearance of malformations. Among them, those of the lower extremities stand out, showing fused tissue. This change makes this body region resemble the tail of these fantastic beings.
Unfortunately, the injuries derived from this group of malformations cause a large percentage of the death of the baby.
Sometimes the baby is stillborn; in other cases, it survives complications for a limited period of time.
Normally, these little ones do not exceed the first week of life. However, there are babies that can survive for more weeks, and even several months. Currently, there is a really small number of children who have exceeded that period of time.
What is the treatment for mermaid syndrome like?
Unfortunately, the treatment for this disease is complicated. As explained before, in the vast majority of cases, it is not possible to save the life of the baby.
As a general rule, a group of specialists will carry out a series of surgical interventions to correct congenital malformations. This surgery usually includes complete separation of the lower extremities.
However, the alterations not only affect this body region, but also appear in a general way. In this way, the baby will present a wide variety of problems.
Among the most common, we can identify alterations at the bone level, such as the absence of certain structures. For example, the sacrum or a portion of the spine.
There are also abnormalities in the urinary tract, which are often related to the possibility that children are born without one of the kidneys, which is known as renal dysplasia.
Other frequent changes are at the pulmonary and gastrointestinal level. On other occasions, patients have developed problems at the level of the central nervous system, such as hydrocephalus. An attempt is made to correct this set of complications with surgery, without success in most cases.