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Twin pregnancies complications

Chen-Yu Wang, Yu-Ju Lai, Kwei-Shuai Hwang, Chi-Huang Chen, Mu-Hsien Yu, Huei-Tsung Chen, Her-Young Su
OBJECTIVE: Neutropenia developed after continuous intravenous infusion of ritodrine hydrochloride (Yutopar) for preterm uterine contractions in a twin pregnancy. We successfully returned the low neutrophil count to the normal range after discontinuation of infusion of ritodrine and treatment with granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). CASE REPORT: A 34-year-old woman with twin pregnancy was treated with ritodrine for preterm uterine contractions at 27 weeks and 6 days gestation...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Elodie Guesdon, Aurélie Vincent-Rohfritsch, Sarah Bydlowski, Pietro Santulli, François Goffinet, Camille Le Ray
OBJECTIVE: To compare maternal, obstetric, and neonatal outcomes between women who underwent oocyte donation at or after age 50 years and from 45 through 49 years. DESIGN: Single-center, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Maternity hospital. PATIENT(S): Forty women aged 50 years and older ("older group") and 146 aged 45-49 years ("younger group"). INTERVENTION(S): Comparison between the older and younger groups, globally and after stratification by type of pregnancy (singleton/twin pregnancy)...
October 12, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
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 (TTTS) or selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR)...
October 12, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Sarah Meaney, Paul Corcoran, Keelin O'Donoghue
BACKGROUND: Perinatal death is one of the most difficult bereavements due to the shock and profound grief experienced by parents. It has been established that such bereavement has a life-lasting impact. Twin pregnancy is associated with increased perinatal risk, with higher rates of perinatal mortality than in singleton pregnancy. OBJECTIVES: To date, few studies have examined the effect of the loss of one twin diagnosed with a congenital abnormality during pregnancy...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Clare L Whitehead, Susan P Walker, Stephen Tong
Circulating nucleic acids have revolutionized prenatal diagnosis in the last decade, allowing non-invasive screening for single gene or chromosomal defects using a single sample of maternal blood. In addition to deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA), ribonucleic acids (RNA) from the placenta are released into the maternal blood from early in pregnancy and may reflect changes in gene expression occurring within the placenta. Measuring circulating RNA may therefore provide insights into the placental transcriptome without the need for invasive testing...
October 6, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Ogochukwu Chantelle Umadia, Dimuthu Vinayagam, Juan Gutierrez Henares, Asma Khalil
AIM: To identify the independent risk factors for PE development in twin pregnancies and explore the associated perinatal outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of twin pregnancies was performed at St George's University Hospital, London. Maternal and neonatal data were obtained from the hospital's computerised database. The Chi-square test, Mann-Whitney U test and univariate and multiple-logistic regression analyses were performed. RESULTS: We identified a total of 1250 twin pregnancies who were under the care of SGH from 1999 to 2015...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
T Ghi, L Franchi, S Fieni, A Dall'Asta, N Gaibazzi, C Siniscalchi, G Pedrazzi, E Sciatti, I Bonadei, E Vizzardi, E Montaguti, D Degli Esposti, C Borghi, R Orabona, F Prefumo, T Frusca
OBJECTIVES: To assess longitudinally the echocardiographic findings in a cohort of women carrying an uncomplicated monochorionic (MC) twin pregnancy and compare them with those obtained from dichorionic (DC) twin gestations. METHODS: Healthy women with MC twin pregnancies were submitted to serial transthoracic maternal echocardiography during the first, second and third trimester. Cases with severe obstetric complications after enrollment were eventually excluded...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Dan Shan, Yayi Hu, Peiyuan Qiu, Bechu Shelley Mathew, Yun Chen, Si Li, Yuan Hu, Lijun Lin, Zhi Wang, Luping Li
The aim of the present work was to determine maternal and fetal outcomes of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) in twin pregnancies. All twin pregnancies delivered above 28 gestational weeks in West China Second University Hospital from January 2013 to May 2015 were included. Data on maternal demographics and obstetric complications together with fetal outcomes were collected. The risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes were determined in relation to ICP by crude odds ratios (OR) and adjusted ORs (aOR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI)...
September 28, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
H Le Liepvre, A Dinh, B Idiard-Chamois, E Chartier-Kastler, V Phé, A Even, G Robain, P Denys
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective observational study. OBJECTIVE: To describe specificities of pregnancy in a traumatic spinal cord-injured (SCI) population managed by a coordinated medical care team involving physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) physicians, urologists, infectious diseases' physicians, obstetricians and anaesthesiologists. SETTING: NeuroUrology Department in a University Hospital, France. METHODS: All consecutive SCI pregnant women managed between 2001 and 2014 were included...
September 27, 2016: Spinal Cord
I Mateizel, S Santos-Ribeiro, E Done, L Van Landuyt, H Van de Velde, H Tournaye, G Verheyen
STUDY QUESTION: Does the manipulation of gametes or embryos during ARTs increase the risk for monozygotic twinning (MZT)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Frozen embryo transfer (ET) is associated with a lower MZT rate, while blastocyst culture is associated with an increased risk of monozygotic pregnancy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Monozygotic twins have a higher risk for perinatal complications. Although an increased incidence of monozygotic pregnancies after ART has been previously reported, data regarding the possible impact of different laboratory procedures are conflicting...
September 22, 2016: Human Reproduction
S Garofalo, V A Degennaro, S Salvi, M P De Carolis, G Capelli, S Ferrazzani, S De Carolis, A Lanzone
Cancer is the leading cause of death in women of reproductive age. During the last decades and especially in developed countries, the incidence of cancer is increasing dramatically, with an incidence of 1 in 1,000 pregnancies. This is mostly related to delay of pregnancy into the late reproductive years. The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of pregnancy in women with diagnosis of cancer; in particular, neonatal morbidity and mortality, after in utero exposure to chemotherapy, were evaluated...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Leonoor Van Eerden, Miriam F Van Oostwaard, Gerda G Zeeman, Godelieve C M Page-Christiaens, Eva Pajkrt, Johannes J Duvekot, Frank P Vandenbussche, Swan G Oei, Hubertina C J Scheepers, Jim Van Eyck, Johanna M Middeldorp, Steven V Koenen, Christianne J M De Groot, Antoinette C Bolte
OBJECTIVE: To investigate frequency and practise of termination of pregnancy for early-onset hypertensive disorders where the fetus is considered to be non-viable. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study in all Dutch tertiary perinatal care centres (n=10), between January 2000 and January 2014. All women who underwent termination of pregnancy, without fetal surveillance or intention to intervene for fetal reasons, for early-onset hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, were analyzed...
September 1, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Philipp Wagner, Jiri Sonek, Stefanie Mayr, Harald Abele, Rangmar Goelz, Markus Hoopmann, Karl Oliver Kagan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to examine the outcome in dichorionic diamniotic twin pregnancies with rupture of membranes (PPROM) before 24 weeks' gestation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of fetal and neonatal outcomes in women with spontaneous PPROM before 24 weeks' gestation that were treated at a single tertiary center. RESULTS: Twenty-nine pregnancies fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Mean gestational age at the time of PPROM was 20...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Kaitlyn Wald, Tom Easterling, Elizabeth M Swisher
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy after adulthood pelvic radiation is rare. There is a paucity of literature to guide preconception counseling and pregnancy management for these patients. CASE: A 36-year-old woman, gravida 2 para 1001, was referred at 28 weeks of gestation with spontaneous twins, preterm premature rupture of membranes, and a history of rectal cancer that had been treated 3 years previously with oophoropexy, chemoradiation, and abdominal perineal resection. Delivery was complicated by difficult fetal extraction and resulted in the demise of twin A...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
N V Nizyaeva, K V Kostyukov, K A Gladkova, G V Kulikova, A I Shchegolev
Monochorionic multiple pregnancy has a higher risk for obstetric complications, including those due to the development of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and reversed arterial perfusion syndrome (TRAP sequence). The latter occurs in 0.1% of all monochorionic pregnancies. The basis for TRAP sequence is a relationship between arterial and venous anastomoses from the appropriate placental areas, causing a recipient fetus to develop at the expense of a donor fetus. The presence of abnormal anastomoses is considered to be a main cause of acardia...
July 2016: Arkhiv Patologii
Fiona Cheong-See, Ewoud Schuit, David Arroyo-Manzano, Asma Khalil, Jon Barrett, K S Joseph, Elizabeth Asztalos, Karien Hack, Liesbeth Lewi, Arianne Lim, Sophie Liem, Jane E Norman, John Morrison, C Andrew Combs, Thomas J Garite, Kimberly Maurel, Vicente Serra, Alfredo Perales, Line Rode, Katharina Worda, Anwar Nassar, Mona Aboulghar, Dwight Rouse, Elizabeth Thom, Fionnuala Breathnach, Soichiro Nakayama, Francesca Maria Russo, Julian N Robinson, Jodie M Dodd, Roger B Newman, Sohinee Bhattacharya, Selphee Tang, Ben Willem J Mol, Javier Zamora, Basky Thilaganathan, Shakila Thangaratinam
OBJECTIVE: To determine the risks of stillbirth and neonatal complications by gestational age in uncomplicated monochorionic and dichorionic twin pregnancies. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane databases (until December 2015). REVIEW METHODS: Databases were searched without language restrictions for studies of women with uncomplicated twin pregnancies that reported rates of stillbirth and neonatal outcomes at various gestational ages...
September 6, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
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
Jigal Haas, Eran Barzilay, Ariel Hourvitz, Jehoshua Dor, Shlomo Lipitz, Yoav Yinon, Mor Shlomi, Adrian Shulman
Multifetal pregnancy reduction (MPR) is an accepted method of reducing complications of triplet pregnancies and higher-order multifetal pregnancies. Eighty-three pregnancies that underwent early (68 weeks) transvaginal MPR were compared with 125 pregnancies that underwent late (11-14 weeks) transabdominal MPR. Rates of pregnancy loss, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders were similar among both groups. Early MPR was associated with a lower risk for small for gestational age newborns (6...
August 24, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Zhoobin H Bateni, Steven L Clark, Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Kjersti M Aagaard, Yair J Blumenfeld, Susan M Ramin, Henry C Lee, Karin A Fox, Amirhossein Moaddab, Amir A Shamshirsaz, Bahram Salmanian, Pardis Hosseinzadeh, Diana A Racusin, Hadi Erfani, Jimmy Espinoza, Gary A Dildy, Michael A Belfort, Alireza A Shamshirsaz
OBJECTIVES: To determine the trends of cesarean delivery rate among twin pregnancies from 2006 to 2013. STUDY DESIGN: This is a population-based, cross-sectional analysis of twin live births from United State birth data files of the National Center for Health Statistics for calendar years 2006 through 2013. We stratified the population based on the gestational age groups, maternal race/ethnicity, advanced maternal age (AMA) which was defined by age more than 35 years and within the standard birth weight groups (group 1: birth weight 500-1499g, group 2: birth weight 1500-2499g and group 3: birth weight >2500g)...
October 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Masahiko Nakata, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Sumie, Mayumi Takano, Hiroko Hirata, Susumu Murata, Yuichiro Takahashi, Takeshi Murakoshi, Haruhiko Sago
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to clarify the feasibility and efficacy of fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of placental vascular communicating vessels (FLP) on twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) after 26 weeks of gestation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective pilot study investigating all cases of TTTS between 26 weeks and 27 weeks during 2012 and 2013 in Japan. The primary endpoints in this study were the feasibility of FLP and rate of harmful complications for the mother's health...
August 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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