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Twin anemia polycythemia sequence

Mert Ozan Bahtiyar, Emre Ekmekci, Emine Demirel, Roxanna A Irani, Joshua A Copel
Monochorionic twin pregnancies are at risk of unique complications due to placental sharing and vascular connections between placental territories assigned for each twin. Twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) is an infrequent but potentially dangerous complication of abnormal placental vascular connections. TAPS occurs due to very-small-caliber (< 1 mm) abnormal placental vascular connections which lead to chronic anemia in the donor twin and polycythemia in the recipient twin. TAPS may occur spontaneously or following fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of communicating placental vessels for twin-twin transfusion syndrome...
March 13, 2018: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Monique E De Paepe, Füsun Gündoğan, Quanfu Mao, Sharon Chu, Svetlana Shapiro
INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVES: Recent studies suggest redness (color) discordance of the placental basal plate may be a marker for twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS), a recently described complication of diamniotic-monochorionic twinning characterized by marked intertwin hemoglobin (Hb) discordance in the absence of oligohydramnios-polyhydramnios. In this study, we determined the clinicoplacental and choriovascular correlates of basal plate color discordance in monochorionic twin placentas, and assessed its value as postnatal indicator of TAPS...
December 2017: Placenta
Fatiha Djaafri, Julien Stirnemann, Imen Mediouni, Claire Colmant, Yves Ville
Monochorionic twin pregnancies are at increased risk for adverse outcome compared to dichorionic twin pregnancies and singletons. Monochorionic-specific complications include twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), twin anemia-polycythemia sequence, single intrauterine fetal demise and its consequences on the co-twin, and selective intrauterine growth restriction. Whereas the natural history of monochorionic-specific complications carries a high risk of fetal death or severe neurologic disability, a framework now exists, based on well-designed clinical trials, for optimal treatment of these entities...
December 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Eran Weiner, Elad Barber, Ohad Feldstein, Ann Dekalo, Letizia Schreiber, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the differences in placental histopathology lesions and pregnancy outcome in dichorionic-diamniotic (DCDA) versus uncomplicated monochorionic-diamniotic (MCDA) twin gestations. STUDY DESIGN: Maternal characteristics, neonatal outcome, and placental histopathology reports of all twin deliveries between 24 and 41 weeks were reviewed. Excluded were pregnancies complicated by twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, twin anemia-polycythemia sequence, selective intrauterine growth restriction, placenta previa, intrauterine fetal death, and malformation...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
Roopali Donepudi, Joost Akkermans, Lovepreet Mann, Frans J Klumper, Johanna M Middeldorp, Enrico Lopriore, Kenneth J Moise, Michael Bebbington, Anthony Johnson, Dick Oepkes, Ramesha Papanna
OBJECTIVES: Optimal outcomes after fetoscopic laser surgery (FLS) for twin-twin transfusion (TTTS) depend on the successful completion of ablation of all placental anastomoses. Our objective was to determine the incidence and risk factors for the occurrence of recurrent TTTS (rTTTS) or twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) after FLS, and focusing on the impact of different diameters of the cannula. METHODS: A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data of 666 consecutive patients undergoing laser surgery for TTTS from 2 centers was performed...
September 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Lisanne S A Tollenaar, Danny P Zhao, Johanna M Middeldorp, Dick Oepkes, Femke Slaghekke, Enrico Lopriore
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the color difference between two placental shares in monochorionic placentas with acute peripartum twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS). METHODS: We evaluated all digital pictures of TAPS, acute peripartum TTTS and a control group of uncomplicated monochorionic placentas examined at our center. We determined the color intensity of the individual placental share on the maternal side of each monochorionic placenta using an image-processing program and calculated the color difference ratio (CDR)...
September 2017: Placenta
H Kováčová, D Matura, O Šimetka, J Pannová, P Delongová
OBJECTIVE: To analyze monochorionic twin pregnancies with twin anemia polycythemia sequence (TAPS) and acute peripartal twin to twin syndrome (aTTTS), to compare their prenatal management and perinatal outcome. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of monochorionic biamniotic twin pregnancies without signs of chronic TTTS within a period 10/2010 to 10/2013. Further selection of cases with haemoglobin difference in neonates greater than 50 g/l was made, type of feto-fetal haemorrhage was determined and their prenatal and postnatal characteristics were described...
2017: Ceská Gynekologie
Christian Bamberg, Anke Diemert, Peter Glosemeyer, Kurt Hecher
OBJECTIVE: To quantify sonographic placental echogenicity in twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) and to correlate it with middle cerebral artery peak systolic velocities (MCA-PSV). METHODS: We performed a retrospective search for consecutive TAPS cases between 16 and 36 weeks of gestation (MCA-PSV >1.5 MoM and <1.0 MoM in the anemic donor and polycythemic recipient, respectively) in our database of monochorionic twin gestations from January 2007 until December 2016...
May 27, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
A Atallah, P-A Bolze, A Buenerd, S Marino, J Massardier, P Gaucherand, M Massoud
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to compare placental monochorionic angioarchitecture complicated with twin-oligohydramnios-polyhydramnios sequence (TOPS), twin anemia polycythemia sequence (TAPS), twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) and selective intra uterine growth restriction (sIUGR) to normal uneventful monochorionic placenta. METHODS: Between December 2012 and December 2015, monochorionic placenta has been studied at the multiple pregnancy care center of the Femme-Mère-Enfant Hospital in Lyon...
May 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Lianne Verbeek, Femke Slaghekke, Marieke Sueters, Johanna M Middeldorp, Frans J Klumper, Monique C Haak, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore
Monochorionic twins are at risk of severe complications including twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) and acute peripartum TTTS. The pathophysiology is based on inter-twin blood transfusion through placental vascular anastomoses. Areas covered: This review focuses on the incidence, management and outcome of neonatal hematological complications at birth in TTTS, TAPS and acute peripartum TTTS. Expert commentary: Hematological disorders are often present at birth in monochorionic twins and include acute or chronic anemia, polycythemia and thrombocytopenia...
June 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
Alice Robinson, Mark Teoh, Andrew Edwards, Michael Fahey, Stacy Goergen
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the additional diagnostic information provided by prenatal (fetal) magnetic resonance imaging (pMRI) following tertiary ultrasound (US) for fetal cranial abnormalities in complicated monochorionic gestations. METHODS: Women with complicated monochorionic gestations complicated by twin-twin transfusion syndrome, co-twin demise (CD), selective intrauterine growth restriction, and/or twin anaemia-polycythaemia sequence who were referred for pMRI after tertiary US were included...
June 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
X J Wang, L Y Li, Y Wei, Y Y Zhao, P B Yuan
Objective: To investigate the clinical outcome and placental characteristics of spontaneous twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (sTAPS). Methods: Twelve cases with sTAPS delivered in Peking University Third Hospital from May 2013 to August 2016. The data of ultrasound characteristics, gestational age at delivery, and 1 minute Apgar score were analyzed, retrospectively. Placental superficial vascular anastomoses, placental territory discordance and the ratio of umbilical cords insertion distance to the longest placental diameter were also analyzed...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
Mariana Patricia Sheales, Shivanand Sheth, Andrew Grant Edwards, Susan Mary Carden
We report the case of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in the donor twin with twin anemia-polycythemia sequence managed with the novel treatment of intrauterine blood transfusions. The fellow polycythemic twin was managed with intrauterine venesection and developed only mild ROP. Thus, despite intrauterine improvement of the twins' hemodynamic conditions, the risk of developing severe ROP remained in the donor twin.
April 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Yun Jeong Lee, Seung Hyun Shin, Sae Yun Kim, Seung Han Shin, Young Hoon Choi, Ee-Kyung Kim, Han-Suk Kim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Murid Javed, Nareman Altorairi, Hamad Alsufyan
The incidence of pregnancies with multiple gestational sacs has increased with the use of assisted reproductive technology because more than one embryo is frequently transferred. The splitting of one or more embryos further complicates the pregnancy. Some of these complications include intrauterine fetal death, growth restriction, discordant birth weight, and preterm delivery. Monozygotic twins suffer from a few unique complications including twin-twin transfusion syndrome, twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence, and twin anemia-polycythemia sequence...
November 11, 2016: Curēus
Jin Young Bae, Jin Ju Oh, Seong Yeon Hong
Twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) is characterized by a wide discrepancy of hemoglobin between two monochorionic fetuses without sign of twin oligo-polyhydramnios sequence. A primiparous woman with monochorionic diamniotic twin transferred for preterm labor. Ultrasonographic evaluation at 32+3 weeks of gestation revealed increased middle cerebral artery-peak systolic velocity (77.4 cm/sec, 1.69 multiples of median) in donor and decreased in recipient twin (36.4 cm/sec, 0.79 multiples of median), the twin was diagnosed with TAPS...
November 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Liran Hiersch, Mayan Eitan, Eran Ashwal, Boaz Weisz, Benny Chayen, Shlomo Lipitz, Yoav Yinon
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the risk for twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) and adverse perinatal outcome in monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twin pregnancies with amniotic fluid discordance (AFD). METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 34 MCDA pregnancies with AFD (intertwin difference of ≥3 cm in maximal vertical pocket measurement) without meeting the criteria for twin to twin transfusion syndrome or selective intrauterine growth restriction. Perinatal outcome measures and the risk for TAPS were compared with a control group consisted of 101 MCDA twin pregnancies without AFD, twin to twin transfusion syndrome, or selective intrauterine growth restriction...
December 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Amirhossein Moaddab, Ahmed A Nassr, Jimmy Espinoza, Rodrigo Ruano, Zhoobin H Bateni, Amir A Shamshirsaz, George T Mandy, Stephen E Welty, Hadi Erfani, Edwina J Popek, Michael A Belfort, Alireza A Shamshirsaz
Twin anemia polycythemia sequence (TAPS) is defined by significant intertwin hemoglobin discordance without the amniotic fluid discordance that characterizes twin-twin-transfusion syndrome (TTTS) in monochorionic twin pregnancies. TAPS is an uncommon condition which can either occur spontaneously, or following fetoscopic laser ablation for TTTS. This complication is thought to result from chronic transfusion through very small placental anastomoses; however, the pathogenesis of TAPS remains unknown. Consequently, there is no consensus in the management of TAPS...
October 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Miharu Takeuchi, Hidehiko Maruyama, Naoko Oura, Akane Kanazawa, Yusei Nakata, Susumu Minami, Kiyoshi Kikkawa
Twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) is a group of disorders in monochorionic twins characterized by a large intertwin hemoglobin difference without amniotic fluid discordance. Reticulocyte count is used to diagnose this condition, but little is known about the role of erythroblasts, which are the prior stage of reticulocytes. In the present case of TAPS, the 25-yr-old Japanese mother showed no signs of oligohydramnios or polyhydramnios throughout gestation. The twins were born at 36 weeks and 6 days, weighing 2,648g and 1,994g...
August 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Femke Slaghekke, Depeng P Zhao, Johanna M Middeldorp, Frans J Klumper, Monique C Haak, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore
INTRODUCTION: Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and twin anemia polycythemia sequence (TAPS) are severe complications in monochorionic twin pregnancies associated with high mortality and morbidity risk if left untreated. Both diseases result from imbalanced inter-twin blood transfusion through placental vascular anastomoses. AREAS COVERED: This review focuses on the differences in antenatal management between TTTS and TAPS. Expert commentary: The optimal management for TTTS is fetoscopic laser coagulation of the vascular anastomoses, preferably using the Solomon technique in which the whole vascular equator is coagulated...
August 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
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