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Outcome following selective fetoscopic laser ablation for twin to twin transfusion syndrome: an 8 year national collaborative experience



Outcome following selective fetoscopic laser ablation for twin to twin transfusion syndrome: an 8 year national collaborative experience



European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology 191: 125-129



With the recognition of the role of fetoscopic laser ablation for twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), there is a requirement for auditable standards for this technically challenging and specialized treatment. The purpose of this study is to report on the perinatal and medium-term neurodevelopmental outcomes following an 8-year national single center experience in the management of TTTS using the selective fetoscopic laser ablation technique. An audit of all cases of TTTS treated with selective laser ablation by a single national fetal medicine team was performed. Overall perinatal survival and medium-term neurodevelopmental outcomes were reported and correlated with gestational age at diagnosis, placental location, volume of amnio-reduction, Quintero staging and percentage inter-twin growth discordance. Procedure-related complications were recorded. The overall fetal survival for the first 105 consecutive cases of TTTS was 61% (128/210 fetuses). Dual survival occurred in 47% (49/105) of cases, and with a single survival rate of 28% (30/105), perinatal survival of least one infant was achieved in 75% (79/105) of cases. No correlation was found between any clinical or sonographic marker and perinatal outcome, although dual survival was noted to be significantly decreased with increasing Quintero stage (p=0.041). Currently, 86% of survivors have been reported to have a normal medium-term neurological outcome. Fetoscopic laser ablation is the established optimal treatment for severe twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). We report comparable short and medium-term outcomes following the selective fetoscopic technique comparing results from our national program with internationally published single-center outcomes, supporting the efficacy and safety of this treatment at our center.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2015.05.019


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