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Conjoined twins are two babies that are born physically connected to each other.
Conjoined twins develop when a single fertilized egg only partially splits. Although two fetuses will develop from this egg, they will remain physically connected — most often at the head, chest or pelvis. Conjoined twins may also share one or more internal organs.
Most conjoined twins are stillborn or die shortly after birth. Some surviving conjoined twins can be surgically separated. The success of surgery to separate conjoined twins depends on where the twins are joined and how many organs are shared, as well as on the experience and skill of the surgical team.
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