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Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Oct;28(5):688-91.

Twin reversed arterial perfusion: fetoscopic laser coagulation of placental anastomoses or the umbilical cord.

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Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany. k.hecher@uke.uni-hamburg.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the feasibility and outcome of fetoscopic laser coagulation in pregnancies with twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence.

METHODS:

In a prospective multicenter study, percutaneous fetoscopic laser coagulation of placental anastomoses (n = 18) or the umbilical cord of the acardiac twin (n = 42) was performed in 60 consecutive pregnancies at a median gestational age of 18.3 (range, 14.3-24.7) weeks under local or locoregional anesthesia.

RESULTS:

Vascular coagulation with arrest of blood flow was achieved in 82% (49/60) of cases by laser alone and in a further 15% (9/60) by laser coagulation in combination with bipolar forceps. The overall survival rate of the pump twin was 80% (48/60). Median gestational age at delivery was 37.4 (range, 23.7-41.4) weeks and the median interval between the procedure and delivery was 18.2 (range, 1.1-25.7) weeks. Median birth weight was 2720 (range, 540-3840) g. Preterm premature rupture of membranes before 34 weeks' gestation occurred in 18% (11/60) at a median of 62 (range, 1-102) days after the procedure. However, only two (3%) women delivered within 28 days of the procedure.

CONCLUSIONS:

Fetoscopic laser coagulation of placental vascular anastomoses or the umbilical cord of the acardiac twin is an effective treatment of TRAP sequence, with a survival rate of 80%, and 67% of pregnancies with surviving pump twins going beyond 36 weeks' gestation without further complications.

PMID:
16958150
DOI:
10.1002/uog.3816
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