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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Vanishing Twin Syndrome

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Vanishing Twin Syndrome (Definition)

Vanishing twin syndrome is a condition where one fetus dies within the uterus and is partially or completely reabsorbed ...Read more


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What are the tests for vanishing twin syndrome?

What are the tests for vanishing twin syndrome?

None.: Vanishing twin syndrome is probably much more common that people think; it results in a singleton pregnancy and current evidence suggests it is rather the norm than the exception. No test can predict this, only serial prenatal sonograms can document it. ...Read more

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Eggs splice, or the two fraternal twins suffer from vanishing twin syndrome and the twin literally absorbs the other twin, what does this mean?

Eggs splice, or the two fraternal twins suffer from vanishing twin syndrome and the twin literally absorbs the other twin, what does this mean?

Conjoined placenta: Unfortunately, the placenta often becomes shared between the twins and the one with the better access to the cotyledons of the placenta thrives and the other twin does not. An alternate scenario is when the two fraternal fetal twins are joined together but one does not develop as well as the other prior to placental development in the first trimester. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vanishing twin syndrome?

What is the treatment for vanishing twin syndrome?

None.: Vanishing twin syndrome is probably much more common that people think; it results in a singleton pregnancy and current evidence suggests it is rather the norm than the exception. No test can predict this, only serial prenatal sonograms can document it. No specific therapeutic intervention is warranted. ...Read more

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What is vanishing twin syndrome?

Demise of one fetus: Vanishing twin syndrome is the demise of one twin sometime during the pregnancy. One study suggested it occurred about 20-30% of twin pregnancies. Most commonly it occurs early in the pregnancy and generally the remaining fetus has a good outcome. Its' occurrence later in pregnancy can be associated with adverse maternal and fetal outcomes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vanishing twin syndrome and is there a way to predict this condition?

What are the symptoms of vanishing twin syndrome and is there a way to predict this condition?

None.: Vanishing twin syndrome is probably much more common that people think; it results in a singleton pregnancy and current evidence suggests it is rather the norm than the exception. No test can predict this, only serial prenatal sonograms can document it. ...Read more

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Vanishing twin syndrome lost at 7 weeks. What is the likelihood that remaining twin will have something wrong with it?

Vanishing twin syndrome lost at 7 weeks. What is the likelihood that remaining twin will have something wrong with it?

Pretty small: The chances of a genetic defect in the remaining twin is very small as long as it continues to develop. On most occasions the surviving twin got the majority of the placental perfusion and that is why it is still present and hopefully growing. ...Read more

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Vanishing twin syndrome (lost at 5+ weeks), what is the likelihood of the remaining twin having something wrong with it?

Vanishing twin syndrome (lost at 5+ weeks), what is the likelihood of the remaining twin having something wrong with it?

Increased risk LBW: Compared to singletons, the surviving twin of VTS is at slightly greater risk of premature delivery, low birth weight and, for twin loss after 8 weeks gestation there is an increased risk for cerebral palsy. Loss of a twin at five weeks greatly reduces the risk for the surviving twin to have any adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Im 39 & 6 weeks preg. W/ twins. How concerned should I be about vanishing twin syndrome? What should I expect at my visit in 2 weeks. Im really scared

Im 39 & 6 weeks preg. W/ twins. How concerned should I be about vanishing twin syndrome? What should I expect at my visit in 2 weeks. Im really scared

Worrying will not : Help the matter any. Vanishing of one of the twin is being recognized more often due to the common use of ultrasound in early pregnancy. I understand your being concerned, but that will not affect the outcome. Please see this site for information on this topic. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/271818-overview. ...Read more

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I had slight bleeding but no pain or clots. Was told it was miscarriage could it be possible vanishing twin syndrome?

I had slight bleeding but no pain or clots. Was told it was miscarriage could it be possible vanishing twin syndrome?

Probably not: however, you could ask your doctor to check your serum HCG levels if you wanted to rule this out. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to prevent diseases in twin kids?

What's the most effective way to prevent diseases in twin kids?

Preventing Illness: The most important thing to do to prevent illness in siblings is handwashing. Also, make sure each child has his or her own toys instead of sharing all toys. Try to wash hands before and after each meal and when coming in from outside. Also at the first sign of a cold, try using nasal saline drops for the nose. Enjoy! ...Read more

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How can I prevent my 3 children from suffering depressive illness like me. Ages twins 10 and 13 yrs.

How can I prevent my 3 children from suffering depressive illness like me.  Ages twins 10 and 13 yrs.

Why worry?: There is nothing you can do directly to prevent if it is a genetic illness. Life bangs us all around a bit and if we have the genetics of depression, which by the way require more than one gene, then there's a chance that we will develop it and a chance that it could be recurrent or chronic. Trust that as they get older the treatments will be better and perhaps even a cure will be found. ...Read more

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How can I prevent the stomach flu if my twin sister has it?

How can I prevent the stomach flu if my twin sister has it?

Gastroenteritis: Stomach flu can be transmitted by eating infected food or liquids or through contact w an infected person. Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds often. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth without clean hands. Don’t share the same cups, forks or spoons. Use disinfectants on solid surfaces. Bring sanitizer with you when you are out. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick. ...Read more

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Will a vanishing twin (lost at 7 weeks) affect the results of first trimester Down's syndrome blood testing?

Will a vanishing twin (lost at 7 weeks) affect the results of first trimester Down's syndrome blood testing?

Unlikely: These tests rely on the active production of various markers in the blood and so a demised twin this early on will be unlikely to affect the test. These tests however, should be interpreted in the setting of a screening ultrasound to help better understand the risk. That being said, no test is ever 100% accurate, though they are useful. Consultation with a genetic counselor will help. ...Read more

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Will a vanishing twin (lost at 7 weeks) affect first trimester downs syndrome testing with blood test and ultrasound?

Will a vanishing twin (lost at 7 weeks) affect first trimester downs syndrome testing with blood test and ultrasound?

Vanishing twin: No, it would not affect your test result. Ultrasound would show it for a while, but the developing twin will eventually grow big enough to hide it from view. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent having a child with downs syndrome?

Are there ways to prevent having a child with downs syndrome?

Yes: Most often, down's syndrome, or trisomy 21, occurs in women over the age of 35 and increases with age. For people at risk, there are definitive diagnostic tests (cvs and amniocentesis) that can confirm or rule out a chromosomal abnormality. Also, most states offer comprehensive screening tests that inform patients whether they are at increased or decreased risk of carrying a down's syndrome baby. ...Read more

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