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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532262/trial-of-vaginal-delivery-for-twins-is-it-safe-a-single-center-experience
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Dana Sadeh-Mestechkin, Yair Daykan, Mor Bostan, Ofer Markovitch, Gil Shechter-Maor, Tal Biron-Shental
PURPOSE: This study assessed our hospital protocol of vaginal delivery for twins and evaluated whether trial of vaginal delivery (unless contraindicated) was as safe as elective cesarean. Risk factors leading to failed trial of labor (TOL) were characterized to improve our ability to advise patients and select cases for TOL. METHODS: This retrospective, cohort study included women >32 weeks gestation, with twin A in cephalic presentation and no contraindications for vaginal delivery...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487021/increased-risk-of-placental-abruption-after-solomon-laser-treatment-of-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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M M Lanna, S Faiola, D Consonni, M A Rustico
To evaluate the relative risk of placental abruption in monochorionic (MC) twin pregnancies complicated with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and treated with endoscopic laser coagulation of placental vessels (ELCPV). A retrospective analysis from January 2004 and December 2015 of 373 TTTS pregnancies, treated with selective ELCPV until January 2012 (287 cases), after which the Solomon technique was introduced (86 cases), compared with 243 normal MC pregnancies. A significant improvement in perinatal survival was observed after the introduction of the Solomon technique when compared to the selective procedure (77% vs 54%, p < 0...
May 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477345/fetoscopic-laser-coagulation-in-1020-pregnancies-with-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome-demonstrates-improvement-of-double-survival-rates
#3
W Diehl, A Diemert, D Grasso, S Sehner, K Wegscheider, K Hecher
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the growing experience and learning curve of fetoscopic laser coagulation of the placental vascular anastomoses in severe mid trimester twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and its influence on perinatal outcome in a single center setting. METHODS: Between 01/1995 and 03/2013 we performed laser therapy in 1020 consecutive pregnancies with TTTS between 15.1 and 27.4 weeks of gestation. We compared perinatal outcome in blocks of five sequential groups...
May 6, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460542/hematological-disorders-at-birth-in-complicated-monochorionic-twins
#4
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...
May 10, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455084/recipient-umbilical-artery-elongation-redundancy-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Roopali Donepudi, Lovepreet K Mann, Christoph Wohlmuth, Anthony Johnson, Michael W Bebbington, Kenneth J Moise, David S Boudreaux, Helena Gardiner, Ramesha Papanna
BACKGROUND: Chronic hypertension in adults causes arterial lengthening in major arteries, but the effects of early fetal hypertension on the twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) recipient's vascular architecture remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesize that arterial cord redundancy is related to recipient hypertension and subsequent heart failure. Our objectives were: 1) to establish a 3D color Doppler ultrasound method of measuring umbilical arterial (UA) length relative to its corresponding venous segment in the Umbilical cord using AV-angle, 2) to compare recipient AV-angle to gestational age-matched controls, and 3) to test the association of AV-angle with recipient heart failure...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454700/what-is-the-impact-of-placental-tissue-damage-after-laser-surgery-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-solomon-trial
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Joost Akkermans, Saskia M de Vries, Depeng Zhao, Suzanne H P Peeters, Frans J Klumper, Johanna M Middeldorp, Dick Oepkes, Femke Slaghekke, Enrico Lopriore
BACKGROUND: The introduction of the Solomon technique for the treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) increased placental exposure to laser energy. This study aims to identify the impact of power and energy used in laser treatment on placental tissue and pregnancy outcome. METHODS: Pictures of all dye-injected placentas since the start of the Solomon trial were analyzed. Placental damage was scored using a grading system including visual scar depth and affected proportion of the vascular equator...
April 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448801/the-placental-factor-in-spontaneous-preterm-birth-in-twin-vs-singleton-pregnancies
#7
Eran Weiner, Ann Dekalo, Ohad Feldstein, Elad Barber, Letizia Schreiber, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo
OBJECTIVE: The association between infection and inflammatory response in singleton preterm birth (PTB) is well established, yet, less is known about PTB in twins. We aimed to compare the placental component and pregnancy outcome in pregnancies complicated with PTB of singletons vs. twin deliveries. We hypothesized that due to different underlying mechanisms, placental inflammatory lesions will be more prevalent in placentas derived from singleton pregnancies than twins. STUDY DESIGN: Labor characteristics, neonatal outcome and placental histopathology reports of spontaneous PTB at 24-33(6)/7 weeks, from 1/2008-12/2015, were reviewed...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444780/fetal-brain-injury-in-complicated-monochorionic-pregnancies-diagnostic-yield-of-prenatal-mri-following-surveillance-ultrasound-and-influence-on-prognostic-counselling
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Alice Robinson, Mark Teoh, Andrew Edwards, Michael Fahey, Stacy Goergen
OBJECTIVE: 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 (cMCGs) METHODS: Women with cMCGs complicated by twin - twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), co-twin demise (CD), selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR), and / or twin anemia - polycythemia sequence (TAPS) who were referred for pMRI after tertiary US were included...
April 26, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434005/chorioamniotic-membrane-separation-after-fetoscopic-laser-photocoagulation
#9
Mayumi Takano, Masahiko Nakata, Susumu Murata, Masahiro Sumie, Mineto Morita
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to investigate the risk factors, incidence, and influence on the perinatal outcome of chorioamniotic membrane separation (CMS) after fetoscopic laser photocoagulation (FLP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 312 women who underwent FLP for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). Clinical records were used to review obstetrical examinations, complications, operative data, ultrasonographic findings, and perinatal and neonatal follow-up data in all patients...
April 22, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422403/blood-chimerism-in-dizygotic-monochorionic-twins-during-5-years-observation
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M H Dziegiel, M H Hansen, S Haedersdal, A N Barrett, K Rieneck, K M Main, A T Hansen, F B Clausen
Dizygotic monochorionic twin pregnancies can result in blood chimerism due to in utero twin-to-twin exchange of stem cells. In this case, we examined the proportion of allogeneic red blood cells by flow cytometry and the proportion of allogeneic nucleated cells by digital polymerase chain reaction at 7 months and again at 5 years. We found an increase in the proportion of allogeneic cells from 63% to 89% in one twin, and a similar increase in autologous cells in the other twin from 57% to 84%. A paradigm for stem cell therapy could be modeled on this case: induction of tolerance and chimerism by antenatal transfusion of donor stem cells...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403975/-fetoscopic-laser-coagulation-in-200%C3%A2-consecutive-monochorionic-pregnancies-with-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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L Lecointre, N Sananès, A S Weingertner, A Gaudineau, C Akladios, V Cavillon, B Langer, R Favre
OBJECTIVES: To report preoperative data, surgical characteristics, complications and perinatal outcome of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) managed with laser ablation surgery, to analyze predictors of neonatal survival and to compare the 100 most recent cases with the older 100. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Observational cohort moncentric study of 200 cases of TTTS consecutively treated with fetoscopic laser coagulation between January 2004 and December 2014...
February 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370497/cardiac-pathophysiology-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-new-insights-into-its-evolution
#12
Christoph Wohlmuth, David Boudreaux, Kenneth J Moise, Anthony Johnson, Ramesha Papanna, Michael Bebbington, Helena M Gardiner
OBJECTIVES: In twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) unbalanced transfer of vasoactive mediators and fluid from the 'donor' to the 'recipient' alters cardiovascular function. We evaluated cardiac function in 145 monochorionic-diamniotic (MCDA) pregnancies with and without TTTS. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed in uncomplicated MCDA, n = 26; TTTS stage I+II, n = 61; TTTS stage III+IV, n = 58, before selective fetoscopic laser photocoagulation (SFLP) in TTTS, and afterwards in 41 (34%) at a mean of 1...
March 31, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370096/recipient-twin-circular-shunt-physiology-before-fetal-laser-surgery-survival-and-risks-for-postnatal-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction
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Jay D Pruetz, Jodie K Votava-Smith, Hikmat R Chmait, Lisa M Korst, Arlyn Llanes, Ramen H Chmait
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate risk for congenital heart disease (CHD) in recipient twins with circular shunt physiology (CSP). METHODS: This prospective study enrolled twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) cases from 2006 to 2015. Fetal echocardiography (FE) was performed before laser surgery when cardiac involvement was suspected. Diagnosis of recipient twin CSP required tricuspid and pulmonary regurgitation, right ventricular dysfunction, and flow reversal in the ductus arteriosus...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355685/-clinical-outcome-and-placenta-characteristics-of-spontaneous-twin-anemia-polycythemia-sequence
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351037/impact-of-laser-power-and-firing-angle-on-coagulation-efficiency-in-laser-treatment-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-an-ex-vivo-placenta-study
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Joost Akkermans, Loes van der Donk, Suzanne H P Peeters, Sjoerd van Tuijl, Johanna M Middeldorp, Enrico Lopriore, Dick Oepkes
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of laser power and firing angle on coagulation efficiency for closing placental anastomoses in the treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. METHODS: We used an ex vivo blood-perfused human placenta model to compare time to complete coagulation using 30 vs. 50 W of neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser power and using a firing angle of 90° vs. 45°. Placentas were perfused with pig blood at 5 mL/min. Differences were analyzed using independent-samples t test, Mann-Whitney U test, or χ2 test as appropriate...
March 29, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351027/re-thinking-elective-single-embryo-transfer-increased-risk-of-monochorionic-twinning-a-systematic-review
#16
Margaret Dziadosz, Mark I Evans
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Multiple pregnancies have tripled in the United States over the past 3 decades. Attributed to increasing maternal age at delivery but more so assisted reproductive technological advances, an effort has been made to decrease twinning through elective single embryo transfer. We sought to review and evaluate risks of monochorionic twinning as a predictable consequence of increasing utilization of elective single embryo transfer on perinatal outcomes. Primary outcomes included twinning rates, fetal anomalies, growth, preterm birth, and mortality...
March 29, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335669/the-experience-of-modified-sequential-selective-laser-photocoagulation-of-communicating-vessels-technique-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
#17
Susumu Murata, Mayumi Takano, Yukiko Kagawa, Masahiro Sumie, Masahiko Nakata
OBJECTIVE: Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of vascular anastomoses is the essential choice in twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). We proposed that the modified sequential selective laser photocoagulation of communicating vessels (modified SQLPCV) to clarify the perinatal outcomes in TTTS. METHODS: The modified SQLPCV was designed with the following order: 1, artery-to-artery anastomoses; 2, venous-to-venous anastomoses; 3, artery-to-venous anastomoses from donor to recipient; and 4, artery-to-venous anastomoses from recipient to donor...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323673/clinical-pearls-of-maternal-critical-care-part-2-sickle-cell-disease-in-pregnancy
#18
Vinod Patil, Gamunu Ratnayake, Galina Fastovets
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review outlines the challenges in managing pregnant women with sickle-cell anemia, who are at risk of becoming critically ill during pregnancy. RECENT FINDINGS: Sickle obstetric patients pose unique challenges to the anesthetist and intensivist. We discuss the role of prophylactic transfusions for specific indications like acute anemia and twin pregnancies. The management and prevention of vaso-occlusive crises and chest crisis are also outlined...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320252/the-impact-of-laser-surgery-on-angiogenic-and-anti-angiogenic-factors-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-a-prospective-study
#19
Andrew H Chon, Emiliano R Chavira, Melissa L Wilson, Sue A Ingles, Arlyn Llanes, Ramen H Chmait
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of laser surgery on angiogenic and anti-angiogenic factors in patients with twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). METHODS: Cases of TTTS and uncomplicated monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancies between 16-26 weeks' gestation were prospectively enrolled into the study. Maternal blood samples were obtained to measure angiogenic factors (vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF), placental-derived growth factor (PlGF), endothelin) and anti-angiogenic factors (soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase (sFlt-1), soluble endoglin (sEng), sFlt-1/PlGF ratio)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306541/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-twin-pregnancies-complicated-by-single-intrauterine-death
#20
Qiong Luo, Xiujun Han
AIM: To investigate the clinical characteristics and outcome of twin pregnancies complicated by single intrauterine death and how to improve the outcomes of surviving twins. Three thousand three hundred and eighty-four women who delivered twin pregnancies at Women's Hospital, Zhejiang University, School of Medicine were included. Clinical and demographic data on gestational age, etiology, morbidity and mortality for mothers and fetuses were collected. RESULTS: The median gestational age for detecting a single intrauterine death in twin pregnancy was 29 weeks and the average gestational age of pregnancy termination was 32 weeks...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
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