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Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 1994 Sep 1;4(5):399-401. doi: 10.1046/j.1469-0705.1994.04050399.x.

Fetal umbilical cord ligation under ultrasound guidance.

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Maternal Fetal Medicine Division, Maternité de l'Hôtel-Dieu, Université d'Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Department of Pathology (Fetopathology unit), Hôtel-Dieu, Université d'Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.


In a patient with severe twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, ultrasound-guided umbilical cord ligation of the hydropic recipient twin was performed at 27 weeks' gestation. The procedure was successful in arresting the blood flow and was associated with improvement in the condition of the severely compromised donor fetus. At 29 weeks' gestation, premature onset of labor occurred and a healthy baby was delivered by emergency Cesarean section. This report demonstrates the feasibility of ultrasound-guided cord ligation for selective feticide in a case of severe twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

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