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Diandric triploidy in a liveborn infant with 3-4 syndactyly and a neural tube defect

Careni Elizabeth Spencer, Beauty Mofokeng, Angela Turner, Firdose Lambey Nakwa, Amanda Krause


Triploidy is a chromosomal abnormality caused by an additional haploid set of chromosomes. It is a common cause for early first trimester miscarriages. Only very rarely are babies with triploidy born alive and even more rarely do they survive beyond the first few days of life. We present here a case of a term baby with confirmed paternal (diandric) triploidy and some unusual features, who survived for 50 days and review the literature on those who survived.

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Careni Elizabeth Spencer, National Health Laboratory Service/ University of Witwatersrand

Beauty Mofokeng, National Health Laboratory Service/University of Witwatersrand

Angela Turner, National Health Laboratory Service

Firdose Lambey Nakwa, University of Witwatersrand

Amanda Krause, National Health Laboratory Service/University of Witwatersrand

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South African Journal of Child Health 2017;11(4):198-200.

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Date submitted: 2017-12-22
Date published: 2017-12-22

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