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Expectant management in type II selective intrauterine growth restriction and abnormal chord insertion in monochorionic twins.
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PMID:  23241577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Objective: To assess perinatal outcome in type II monochorionic (MC) diamniotic twin pregnancies (DA) affected by selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) and abnormal cord insertion managed expectantly. Methods: A prospective longitudinal study from June 2008 and July 2011 on 24 MCDA sIUGR twins. sIUGR was defined as estimated fetal weight below the 10th percentile in one twin and was classified into three groups based on umbilical artery (UA) Doppler diastolic flow (I: presence; II: constantly absent/reverse (AEDF/ARED); III: intermittently absent or reverse). Marginal cord insertion was defined as insertion within 2 cm of the placental disc edge, and velamentous insertion as a cord insertion into the fetal membranes. Expectant management was chosen in these twins, and absent or reverse A wave in the ductus venosus (DV) was a criterion for delivery. Neonatal outcome was available for all twins delivered. Pathological examination and vascular cast of placentas were performed in all cases. Results: Fourteen twin pregnancies were type II sIUGR, and ten presented an abnormal umbilical cord insertion. Median gestational age (GA) at diagnosis of sIUGR was 18 weeks' gestation (range 16-20 weeks), and all sIUGR co-twins showed AEDF of UA at a median gestational age of 20 weeks (range 18-22 weeks). Median gestational age at delivery was 30 weeks (range 28-34 weeks) with a median birth weight of 1285 g (range 307-1725 g). pH at birth and base excess (BE) were normal in all IUGR co-twin (pH>7.10, median BE 5.5); Apgar score at 5 min was >7. Perinatal outcome was favorable in all cases. Placental pathological examination confirmed the marginal insertion of the umbilical cord and the absence of anastomosis between the two portions of umbilical insertion. Conclusions: This study highlights that expectant management for sIUGR type II twins with or without an abnormal cord insertion should be a valid option to time delivery for these fetuses as shown by the favorable neonatal outcome.
Silvia Visentin; Veronica Macchi; Francesca Grumolato; Andrea Porzionato; Raffaele De Caro; Erich Cosmi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatal medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1619-3997     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Med     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0361031     Medline TA:  J Perinat Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-8     Citation Subset:  -    
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