Conjoined twins: what ultrasound may add to management

Cuillier, Fabrice and Dillon Comalli, Kathleen and Grochal, Frantisek and Scemama, Jean Michel and Gervais, Thierry and Cerekja, Albana and Piazze, Juan (2012) Conjoined twins: what ultrasound may add to management. Journal of prenatal medicine, 6 (1). pp. 4-6. ISSN 1971-3290

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Introduction: Conjoined twins occur in approximately 0.2:10,000 births; the obstetrician and sonographer only rarely examine them. In Western countries, discovery of conjoined twins is often made by the end of the first trimester; however, in the third world, conjoined twins are often discovered only at birth. Objective: To evaluate how ultrasound techniques, when possibly available, may improve management and counseling when conjoined twins are confirmed. Material and Methods: The authors report two different cases of union of two equal twins with sole umbilical cord. Results: The two cases presented with non contributive medical history and no prior teratogen exposure and an unfavorable prognosis. Early discovery of viable conjoined twins permits assessment of the best route of delivery and a planning for serial sonography and fast MRI to plan eventual separation surgery or fetus after-birth surviving possibilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conjoined twins, ultrasound
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 618 Altri rami della medicina; Ginecologia e ostetricia, Pediatria, Geriatria > 618.2 Ostetricia
Depositing User: Gianni Aiello
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 10:38
Last Modified: 29 May 2013 10:39

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