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What is twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome?

What is twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome?

Blood problem: When blood from one twin is going to the other twin. One twin grows the other does not twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome ttts; fetal transfusion syndrome last reviewed: september 12, 2011. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (ttts) is a rare condition that occurs only in identical twins while they are in the womb. Causes, incidence, and risk factors ttts occurs when blood moves from one twin. ...Read more

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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more


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What is twin-twin transfusion syndrome?

What is twin-twin transfusion syndrome?

AKA TTTS: Ttts is when twins share abnormal blood vessel connections allowing one baby to "steal" blood from the other. Another name for this syndrome is poly/oli twins because one will have too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) and the other too little fluid (oligohydramnios.) this is a high risk situation that will need to be carefully monitored by serial ultrasound and may require early delivery. ...Read more

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What are the tests for twin-twin transfusion syndrome?

Ultrasound.: Determining the type of twins and their condition by prenatal ultrasound is the only way to diagnose ttts. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of twin-twin transfusion syndrome?

What are the symptoms of twin-twin transfusion syndrome?

Large uterus.: Rapidly enlarging uterus is the hallmark of ttts and results from massive polyhydramnios in the recipient's gestational sac. Prompt expert medical care can help avoid death to both twins. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for twin-twin transfusion syndrome?

Laser, amnioreductio: Laser to try to separate the two fused placentas and/or amnioreduction can help manage ttts to a certain extent. Laser is preferred but both methods have pretty high failure an complication rates. Ttts is a bad diagnosis to have.. ...Read more

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My dad (85) has myelodysplastic syndrome (mds), hgb recently fell to 9 and red cell count near critical. Getting transfusion and procrit (epoetin alfa). Outlook?

MDS not curable: First transfusion? Or becoming transfusion dependent. Are newer possibilities to help control transfusion requirement. Different subtypes of mds. Would need more specifics. ...Read more

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Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Disease prevention: Some times, though rarely, infections may be transmitted through transfusion. Blood banks defer people who may have been exposed to infections for a year before being eligible to donate. The deferal includes getting tatoo. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Sensitized: She'll make antibodies against D (the main Rh antigen) and these will cross the placenta and damage Junior if he/she is Rh positive. Generally, we don't give Rh-pos blood to Rh-neg people because they tend to destroy the transfused cells anyway, and who needs that? ...Read more

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My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

Call the JW: In our hospital we have a good relationship with jehovah's witnesses. They have specially trained people that will advise you about blood transfusion and the ways that you can sometimes get around having to have a blood transfusion. These specialists will work with your doctor or hospital so that you and they are informed. I would rely on your specialists in your faith. ...Read more

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What to do if I have found many concerning blood, but can't find the word ' transfusion ' how can you explain that?

What to do if I have found many concerning blood, but can't find the word ' transfusion ' how can you explain that?

Error?: I just tried and found a lot. Perhaps was misspelled or included other marks ('?"/-) or letters? Try again. If don't succeed, can always ask your question as a new question. ...Read more