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Results of laser therapy in twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome: our experience.
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PMID:  22372441     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Objective: The authors of this paper present the results of laser treatment in twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Methods: Laser photocoagulation of communicating vessels was performed on 91 patients from April 2005 to June 2010, at the Medical University of Gdansk (Poland). Results of treatment were analyzed. Results: The following results were achieved: at least one survival at delivery in 71 patients (83.5%), two survivors in 49 women (57.6%), and an overall survival rate of 70.6%. After the inclusion of neonatal deaths, at least one survival was reported in 65 women (76.5%)- 30 with two survivors (44.7%) and 27 with one survivor (31.8%). The incidence of preterm rupture of membranes (4 cases- 4.3%), dual intrauterine fetal demise (7 cases- 7.4%) and miscarriage or delivery (8 cases- 8.5%) during the first week after surgery were the main reasons of pregnancy loss in the analyzed group. The frequency of cerebral palsy diagnosed after 6 months was 7%. Conclusions: Despite a lower incidence of dual neonatal survivals than in other series, the results of the first years of experience with laser treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome are encouraging, and prompt us to improve our surgical skills to achieve better outcomes.
Malgorzata Swiatkowska-Freund; Zofia Pankrac; Krzyszof Preis
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-28
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Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland.
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