Egyptian doctors in Mansoura found a fetus in a baby girl while they were examining her after birth, a condition that is rarely reported in the world.
Doctors explained that the case was presented with a lump in the abdomen after the story caused widespread controversy among social media users.
Dr. Gamal Howeidi confirmed that this condition is called fetus-in-fetu (FIF), a rare entity in which one malformed vertebrate fetus is enclosed within the body of its twin. Only 200 FIF cases were reported around the world.
Moreover, Howeidi noted that they will perform surgery to remove this tumor or fetus, adding that the girl was transferred to the Pediatric Surgery Department at Mansoura University Children’s Hospital for examinations in preparation for the surgery.
The anomaly was first defined in the early nineteenth century by Meckel. This rare condition, which was reported around 100 times since its first definition in the nineteenth century, has been discussed many times to discover its prognosis and treatment.
Experts claimed that FIF most frequently (80%) inhabits the retroperitoneal region. However, there have been few reports of FIF location in the head, sacrum, scrotum, and mouth.