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Screening for trisomies in dichorionic twins by measurement of fetal nuchal translucency thickness according to the mixture model.
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PMID:  21210476     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the distribution of fetal nuchal translucency (NT) thickness in dichorionic twins and investigate the effect of the correlation between NT measurements in each twin pair on the performance of screening for trisomies.
METHODS: The distribution of fetal NT for crown-rump length (CRL) was examined in 5646 dichorionic twin pregnancies, including 103 with fetal trisomies 21, 18 or 13. The correlation in fetal NT in each euploid twin pregnancy was estimated.
RESULTS: The distribution of NT in both euploid and trisomic fetuses was consistent with the mixture model in singleton pregnancies. In the euploid pregnancies, there was a correlation in log NT measurements in each twin pair (r = 0.42, 95% CI: 0.39-0.45) and, after removal of the effect of the operator, this correlation was reduced to 0.34. Allowing for this correlation in risk assessment for trisomies had a major impact on the estimated patient-specific risk but had little effect on the overall performance of screening.
CONCLUSIONS: In dichorionic twin pregnancies, the mixture model of distributions of NT can be applied as in singletons. In screening for trisomies, the correlation in NT measurements between the fetuses should be taken into account in the estimation of patient-specific risks.
David Wright; Argyro Syngelaki; Ismini Staboulidou; Jader de Jesus Cruz; Kypros H Nicolaides
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prenatal diagnosis     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1097-0223     ISO Abbreviation:  Prenat. Diagn.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106540     Medline TA:  Prenat Diagn     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  16-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK.
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