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J Perinat Med. 2010 Sep;38(5):451-9. doi: 10.1515/JPM.2010.069.

Monochorionic twin pregnancy: screening, pathogenesis of complications and management in the era of microinvasive fetal surgery.

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Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany. tchirikov@uni-mainz.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The management of monochorionic (MC) twin pregnancies varies in different medical centers. This paper compares screening methods to predict the complications of the MC twin pregnancy and different treatment methods.

METHODS:

We performed a literature search without language restriction in Cochrane library and PubMed (1970-2009). Case series and cohort screening studies, pathogenesis and management of complications of MC pregnancy were included.

RESULTS:

Elevated risk for intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) can be detected sonographically. Monitoring of MC pregnancies at increased risk and regular training sessions for the operating team combined with reduced fetoscopic amniotic membrane damage increase fetal survival rate from laser coagulation to nearly 100% for at least one fetus and to 90% for both.

CONCLUSION:

Monitoring of MC pregnancies at increased risk and laser treatment of TTTS in medical centers with sufficient experience might improve neonatal outcome.

PMID:
20629496
DOI:
10.1515/JPM.2010.069
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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