Case of vanishing twin in Haifa hospital
Published: 05.01.13, 14:43 / Israel News
Physicians at the Rambam Medical Center are fighting for the life of a newborn whose twin brother had died in utero and was partially reabsorbed into his body. Two days ago doctors surgically removed some of the dead fetus' organs, yet they said the baby is still not out of danger.
The hospital staff said some 150 cases of twin embolisation syndrome, or vanishing twin syndrome, are recorded in modern medical history. (Ahia Raved)
This little article is supposed to tell us about a parasitic twin, ( click this link for a case study treated by surgery) but it seems that no one at Israeli news has any idea what the right terms are to use when one twin dies before birth and some body parts are found attached to the body of the survivor.
The "150 recorded cases" may refer to the parasitic twins, but not the many millions of other cases where one twin dies before birth.
These journalists have probably been reading wikipedia - always a mistake to rely on that!!! And shame on them for their ignorance - lazy journalists do a lot of harm. Time was, if we were not sure we would ask an expert - they asked no one, except some anonymous person on wikipedia who evidently thinks that "twin embolism syndrome" is the same as "vanishing twin" syndrome!
More.......A vanishing twin? Let's agree on terms!