Ailments & Conditions

Mermaid Syndrome – Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, Treatment and More

What Is Mermaid Syndrome?

Mermaid syndrome, also known as sirenomelus, sirenomelia syndrome, or sirenomeliia sequence, is a very rare disease that causes a fusion of legs in babies. This very series condition can be congenital, meaning that it tends to occur at birth. As the name implies, the syndrome causes the legs of babies to be fused completely or partially, like the tail of a mermaid. Infants with mermaid syndrome may have severe internal issues as well, which would impact different organs in their bodies. This may lead to life-threatening symptoms early in life. The main cause may be attributed to a group of genetic abnormalities. It is a very rare condition that can be challenging to be measured with the exact incidence. Certain studies have shown that it may affect only 1 out of 100,000 new-born babies. Male infants tend to be at risk three times more than female babies. [1]