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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155475/weight-discordance-and-perinatal-mortality-in-twin-pregnancies-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Francesco D'Antonio, Anthony O Odibo, Federico Prefumo, Asma Khalil, Danilo Buca, Maria Elena Flacco, Marco Liberati, Lamberto Manzoli, Ganesh Acharya
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this systematic review was to explore the strength of association between birthweight (BW) discordance and perinatal mortality in twin pregnancies; the secondary aim was to ascertain the contribution of gestational age and growth restriction in determining mortality in growth discordant twins. METHODS: Medline, Embase, Cinahl and Clinicaltrials.gov databases were searched. Only studies reporting the risk of mortality in twin pregnancies affected compared to those not affected by weight discordance were included...
November 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103407/musical-interests-and-talent-twin-jazz-musicians-and-twin-studies-twin-research-loss-of-a-preterm-multiple-conjoined-twin-conception-depression-in-fathers-of-twins-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome-twin-news-high-achieving-twins-twin-children-of-a-tennis-star
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Nancy L Segal
Findings from twin studies of musical interests and talent are reviewed as a backdrop to the lives and careers of twin jazz musicians, Peter and Will Anderson. The Anderson twins exemplify many aspects of twin research, namely their matched musical abilities, shared musical interests, and common career. This overview is followed by reviews of studies and case reports of bereavement in families who have lost a preterm multiple birth infant, the conception of conjoined twins following in vitro fertilization (IVF), depression in fathers of twins, and twin-to-twin transfusion incidence in monochorionic-diamniotic IVF twin pairs...
November 6, 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101986/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-multiple-gestations
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Phyllis Glanc, David A Nyberg, Nadia J Khati, Sandeep Prakash Deshmukh, Kika M Dudiak, Tara Lynn Henrichsen, Liina Poder, Thomas D Shipp, Lynn Simpson, Therese M Weber, Carolyn M Zelop
Women with twin or higher-order pregnancies will typically have more ultrasound examinations than women with a singleton pregnancy. Most women will have at minimum a first trimester scan, a nuchal translucency evaluation scan, fetal anatomy scan at 18 to 22 weeks, and one or more scans in the third trimester to evaluate growth. Multiple gestations are at higher risk for preterm delivery, congenital anomalies, fetal growth restriction, placenta previa, vasa previa, and velamentous cord insertion. Chorionicity and amnionicity should be determined as early as possible when a twin pregnancy is identified to permit triage of the monochorionic group into a closer surveillance model...
November 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092682/evaluation-of-dynamic-thiol-disulfide-homeostasis-in-very-low-birth-weighted-preterms
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Sezin Unal, Dilek Ulubas Isik, Ahmet Yagmur Bas, Sara Erol, İlter Arifoglu, Murat Alisik, Ozcan Erel, Nihal Demirel
BACKGROUND: Thiols are organic compounds containing sulfhydryl groups which exert antioxidant effects via dynamic thiol-disulfide homeostasis. The shift towards disulfides indicates the presence of oxidative environment. Thiol-disulfide homeostasis has not been evaluated in neonates. We aimed to evaluate dynamic thiol-disulfide homeostasis in preterm infants. METHODS: Preterm infants with birth weight less than 1500 grams (25-32 weeks of gestation) were included...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055131/case-report-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-maternal-sepsis-and-chorioamnionitis-following-fetoscopy
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Gabriel Levin, Roy Zigron
A patient aged 28 years (gravida 5 para 3) who was at 21 weeks of a monochorionic diamniotic pregnancy, underwent fetoscopic laser ablation of placental blood vessels owing to stage-3 twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (Figure 1). Ultrasonography on post-operative day 1 demonstrated marked improvement of both embryo urinary bladder filling and Doppler blood flow measurements. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 21, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040903/aplasia-cutis-congenita-as-a-result-of-interstitial-laser-therapy-for-fetal-reduction-in-monochorionic-twins-conservative-approach-and-outcome
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Veronica Mugarab-Samedi, Abhay Lodha, Adel ElSharkawy, Essa Al Awad
Monochorionic (MC) twin pregnancies are known to carry a high risk of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) that could lead to miscarriage and perinatal death. Demise of one fetus is frequently associated with co-fetal death. Fetal reduction by interstitial laser therapy is an effective procedure to prevent this outcome, but it may be associated with significant risks for both mother and fetus. Aplasia Cutis Congenita (ACC) may occur in up to 8% cases of fetal reduction by laser therapy. We report ACC in a preterm infant, a survivor of interstitial laser therapy for fetal reduction in MC pregnancy...
October 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024208/does-the-site-of-the-cord-insertion-increase-the-risk-of-adverse-outcome-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome-and-discordant-growth-in-monochorionic-twin-pregnancies
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Isabel Couck, Nada Mourad Tawfic, Jan Deprest, Luc De Catte, Roland Devlieger, Liesbeth Lewi
BACKGROUND: It is insufficiently known to what degree the site of the cord insertions influences the risk of a complicated outcome in monochorionic twin pregnancies. OBJECTIVES: The purpose is to examine if the site of cord insertions as determined on prenatal ultrasound scan increases the risk of adverse outcome -defined as fetal or neonatal loss or birth prior to 32 weeks-, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and discordant growth. METHODS: We retrospectively studied a consecutive cohort of monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancies followed from the first trimester...
October 11, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020780/-selective-feticide-in-monochorionic-twin-pregnancies-with%C3%A2-discordant-fetal-anomalies-management-and-outcome
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J Vojtěch, L Hašlík, R Pock, K Běhávková, K Macková, P Hanulíková, H Heřman, L Krofta
OBJECTIVE: To analyze results and outcome after selective feticide for discordant anomalies in monochorionic twins. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Fetal medicine center, Institute for the Care of Mother and Child, Praha. METHODS: Analysis of outcome of monochorionic pregnancies after intrauterine surgery for structural abnormalities between January 2013 and June 2016. RESULTS: We performed 13 intrauterine operations in monochorionic twins with structural anomalies during the period...
2017: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976606/the-significance-of-placental-cord-insertion-site-in-twin-pregnancy
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Erkan Kalafat, Basky Thilaganathan, Aris Papageorghiou, Amar Bhide, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between abnormal cord insertion and the development of the twin-specific complications, including birthweight discordance, selective fetal growth restriction (sFGR) and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). METHODS: A single-center cohort study of twin pregnancies. Abnormal cord insertion was defined as either marginal (cord attachment site less than 2cm to the nearest margin of the placental disc) or velamentous (when the umbilical cord was attached to the membrane before reaching the placental disc with clear evidence of vessels traversing the membranes to connect with the placental disc), as described in placental pathology reports...
October 4, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969512/placental-histopathology-differences-and-neonatal-outcome-in-dichorionic-diamniotic-as-compared-to-monochorionic-diamniotic-twin-pregnancies
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961141/neurological-complications-after-therapy-for-fetal-fetal-transfusion-syndrome-a-systematic-review-of-the-outcomes-at-24-months
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Ana Miralles-Gutiérrez, Isidoro Narbona-Arias, Ernesto González-Mesa
OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was to review the available scientific evidence about mid-term neurological outcomes in twins after laser therapy for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). METHODS: A systematic review of studies on neurodevelopmental outcomes (cognition, motor development, communication skills and cerebral palsy) of twins after laser therapy for TTTS was conducted. Outcomes at 24 months of age and the use of validated scales for assessment were the selected criteria...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935062/no-260-ultrasound-in-twin-pregnancies
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Lucie Morin, Kenneth Lim
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature with respect to the use of diagnostic ultrasound in the management of twin pregnancies. To make recommendations for the best use of ultrasound in twin pregnancies. OUTCOMES: Reduction in perinatal mortality and morbidity and short- and long-term neonatal morbidity in twin pregnancies. Optimization of ultrasound use in twin pregnancies. EVIDENCE: Published literature was retrieved through searches of PubMed and the Cochrane Library in 2008 and 2009 using appropriate controlled vocabulary (e...
October 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854398/epigenetic-discrimination-of-identical-twins-from-blood-under-the-forensic-scenario
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Athina Vidaki, Celia Díez López, Elena Carnero-Montoro, Arwin Ralf, Kirsten Ward, Timothy Spector, Jordana T Bell, Manfred Kayser
Monozygotic (MZ) twins share the same STR profile, demonstrating a practical problem in forensic casework. DNA methylation has provided a suitable resource for MZ twin differentiation; however, studies addressing the forensic feasibility are lacking. Here, we investigated epigenetic MZ twin differentiation from blood under the forensic scenario comprising i) the discovery of candidate markers in reference-type blood DNA via genome-wide analysis, ii) the technical validation of candidate markers in reference-type blood DNA using a suitable targeted method, and iii) the analysis of the validated markers in trace-type DNA...
August 18, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28850167/invasiv-fosterterapi-utvecklas-allt-mer-fr%C3%A3-n-intrauterin-blodtransfusion-till-fetoskopisk-kirurgi-shuntinl%C3%A3-ggning-laserbehandling-och-radiofrekvensablation
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Eleonor Tiblad, Sverker Ek, Marius Kublickas, Peter Lindgren
Invasive fetal therapy  Invasive fetal therapy in Sweden consists of fetoscopic interventions to treat twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTS) or twin anemia polycytemia sequence (TAPS) in monochorionic twin or triplet pregnancies and for selective reduction in monochorionic twins complicated by discordant anomalies or severe growth retardation in one fetus. Alternative methods, such as intrafetal laser ablation and radio frequency ablation, are also used for selective reduction and rarely to treat fetal tumors...
August 29, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764674/arabin-cervical-pessary-for-prevention-of-preterm-birth-in-cases-of-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome-treated-by-fetoscopic-laser-coagulation-the-pecep-laser-randomised-controlled-trial
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Carlota Rodó, Sílvia Arévalo, Liesbeth Lewi, Isabel Couck, Bettina Hollwitz, Kurt Hecher, Elena Carreras
BACKGROUND: Fetoscopic LASER coagulation of the placental anastomoses has changed the prognosis of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. However, the prematurity rate in this cohort remains very high. To date, strategies proposed to decrease the prematurity rate have shown inconclusive, if not unfavourable results. METHODS: This is a randomised controlled trial to investigate whether a prophylactic cervical pessary will lower the incidence of preterm delivery in cases of twin-twin transfusion syndrome requiring fetoscopic LASER coagulation...
August 1, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755531/the-role-of-ultrasound-in-the-prediction-of-birth-weight-discordance-in-twin-pregnancies-are-we-there-yet
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Ana Raquel Neves, Filipa Nunes, Miguel Branco, Maria do Céu Almeida, Isabel Santos Silva
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the accuracy of ultrasound prediction of birth weight discordance (BWD) and the influence of chorionicity and fetal growth restriction (FGR) on ultrasound performance. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 176 twin pregnancies at a Portuguese tertiary center, between 2008 and 2014. Last ultrasound biometry was recorded. Cases with delivery before 24 weeks, fetal malformations, interval between last ultrasound and deliver >3 weeks, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and monoamniotic pregnancies were excluded...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721223/atrial-fibrillation-in-a-preterm-newborn-with-structurally-normal-heart
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Pier Paolo Bassareo, Andrea Raffaele Marras, Mariangela Marras, Silvia Marras, Giuseppe Mercuro
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a really uncommon arrhythmia in newborns. Here, we report the case of a 1-day-old infant who was recovered in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a twin-to-twin transfusion. The appearance of an unexpected AF was registered at his continuous electrocardiographic monitoring. Both chest X-ray and echocardiographic examination revealed the anomalous insertion of the tip of a central venous catheter (CVC) into the heart ('umbilical artery → inferior vena cava → right atrium → patent foramen ovale → left atrium')...
March 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662632/timing-of-delivery-in-a-high-risk-obstetric-population-a-clinical-prediction-model
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Dane A De Silva, Sarka Lisonkova, Peter von Dadelszen, Anne R Synnes, Laura A Magee
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of antenatal corticosteroid treatment for women with threatened preterm birth depends on timely administration within 7 days before delivery. We modelled the probability of delivery within 7 days of admission to hospital among women presenting with threatened preterm birth, using routinely collected clinical characteristics. METHODS: Data from the Canadian Perinatal Network (CPN) were used, 2005-11, including women admitted to hospital with preterm labour, preterm pre-labour rupture of membranes, short cervix without contractions, or dilated cervix or prolapsed membranes without contractions at preterm gestation...
June 29, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593771/-rare-forms-of-feto-fetal-transfusion-in-a-clinical-practice
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585788/-intestinal-complications-in-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome-ttts-treated-by-laser-coagulation-lc
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A Sánchez-Galán, J L Encinas, E Antolín, A Vilanova, M Dore, P Triana, J L Bartha, M López-Santamaría
AIM OF THE STUDY: The hemodynamic imbalance due to placental vascular anastomoses in TTTS but also vascular changes generated after intrauterine treatment may lead to hypoxic-ischemic complications. Different intestinal complications in TTTS are reviewed in this paper. METHODS: Retrospective review of TTTS cases treated by laser coagulation (LC) from 2012-2015. Demographic data, fetal therapy, prenatal diagnosis (US, MRI) and perinatal outcome were recorded. We describe cases with intestinal complications and their postnatal management...
January 25, 2017: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
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