November 1966

Ectopic Accessory Limb Associated With Cardiac Defects

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;112(5):467-468. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090140139015

AMONG the congenital anomalies, an accessory limb is apparently a rare condition. In previous cases reported1-3 the extra limb originated between the pelvic bones. The most frequently associated anomaly was visceral duplication, usually of the genito-urinary tract. It is the purpose of this report to present an unusual case of an accessory limb with associated cardiac defects.

Report of a Case  A female Puerto-Rican infant was born on Nov 18, 1964, with an imperfect accessory limb protruding from the left side of the upper lumbar area, (Fig 1). She was the product of the fourth pregnancy of a 26-year-old mother who previously gave birth to normal living female twins and a single normal female infant. The course of this pregnancy was carried on normally until full term. The birth weight was 6 lb 8 oz (2,949 gm). The mother denied the use of oral contraceptives or any drugs during

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