UNILATERAL LOWER LIMB PHOCOMELIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: ETHICAL DILEMMA FROM AN OBSTETRICIAN’S PERSPECTIVE

  • Avir Sarkar MBBS, Junior Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
  • Snigdha Kumari MS, DNB, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
  • Seema Sheokand MD, Senior Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
Keywords: Phocomelia, Limb abnormality, MTP, COVID-19

Abstract

Isolated unilateral phocomelia is a rare congenital disorder. Historically, the most famous association with consumption of thalidomide in first trimester of pregnancy resulted in babies born with limbs resembling flippers of a seal. Genetic inheritance in the form of autosomal recessive manner is also postulated. It can be sporadic, familial or syndromic.

On account of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, suspension of non-emergency services including OPDs in majority of the hospitals led to diversion of resources for combatting emergency medical care. This temporary pause and containment was detrimental to non-COVID patients. We present a rare case of unilateral phocomelia where lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in denial of medical termination of pregnancy (MTP).

Published
2020-09-26
How to Cite
Avir Sarkar, Snigdha Kumari, & Seema Sheokand. (2020). UNILATERAL LOWER LIMB PHOCOMELIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: ETHICAL DILEMMA FROM AN OBSTETRICIAN’S PERSPECTIVE. International Journal of Medical Science And Diagnosis Research, 4(9). https://doi.org/10.32553/ijmsdr.v4i9.674
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