Diprosopus in a Korean native calf

한우(韓牛) 송아지의 이안체(二顔體)

  • Kim, Chong-sup (College of Veterinary Medicine, Gyeongsang National University)
  • 김종섭 (경상대학교 수의과대학)
  • Received : 1990.08.17
  • Published : 1990.10.31


A female Korean native calf with diprosopus was examined macroscopically and radiographically. Anterior head duplication (diprosopus) was observed and all structures caudal to it were normal. She had two complete mouths, four eyes and three ears. Single tongue was present in each oral cavity. The two tongues were joined at their base just posterior to the single epiglottis. Both oral cavities led jointly into a common pharynx and one esophagus. One laryngeal cavity communicated with one common trachea. The lower jaws were immobile because of overlapping mandibular rami. The atlas was complete, and two anterior articular cavities articulated with the lateral condyles of the occipital bones of each skull. The cerebrums were fused each other at their caudal portion, and the giri and sulci were underdeveloped. The cerebellums were also completely fused, and they had not characteristic appearance of the vermis. The spinal cord showed normal appearance.