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Vanishing Twin Syndrome In Children
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
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
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
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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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
I'm 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. I'm 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
If 1 twin dies in utero (vanishing twin syndrome) is it likely or possible that the dead twins amniotic sac will continue to grow?
No.: The sac will not grow if the fetus does. ...Read more
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
I have a fraternal twin brother with microdeletion 22q11.2 (velocardiofacial syndrome). What are the chances my children will have the same disorder?
Minimal: These odd micro-deletion syndromes are thought to arise as new defects which could be dominantly passed. Unless you carry it, you won't pass it to your kids and they would have the same risk as the general population to acquire it (new). You might benefit from discussing any and all genetic risk issues from both sides of the family with a geneticist. ...Read more
Can your HCG level lower if you had vanishing twins syndrome? Had positive tests now negative with bleeding. I am almost 6 weeks.
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
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
Hidden Twin Syndrome: Before ultrasound imaging of pregnancy, a twin pregnancy was sometimes missed, and not realized until the twin is delivered at birth. Now with ultrasound imaging, a twin is seen during examination. There is no dangerous hidden twin syndrome to worry you. Relax aabout this. ...Read more
Is it possible for one twin to have Marfan syndrome and the other twin not have Marfan syndrome at all?
Aborted twins same placenta missing sex chrom 21 therefore had turners syndrome cant find info linking the 2 why what when how need info ttc risk etc?
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
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
Ultrasound.: Determining the type of twins and their condition by prenatal ultrasound is the only way to diagnose ttts. ...Read more
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
Can a vanishing twin actually be hidden? I am 35 have and have 10 living children, 4 miscarriages. 6 week sonogram clearly showed 1 baby. 8 week sonogram showed 1 baby with heartbeat and another sac partially hidden behind baby. It definitely wasn't eas
Yes: It sounds like a retained dead twin that was small and not so much hidden, but difficult to see. This does not happen often, but it definitely can happen... ...Read more
Not always: They would be no more likely to look alike than any other siblings. ...Read more
Depends on issue: Fraternal studies are more relevant as studies of early childhood environment, rather than genetic influences. Any study can be valid if the target of that study is reasonable. ...Read more
I have four single children, youngest being 6months old. I'm 25 years old and my husband is 23, I would like to try for twins and how.
Sorry, can't help you: The reason--multiple pregnancies pose an increased risk to both. See the booklet for parents prepared by the American Socienty of Reproductiie Medicine. One startling statistic: "after ultrasound has shown heart movement in twins, spontaneous loss of one of the fetuses occurs in up to 20% of twin pregnancies." plus a much higher serious complication rate. ...Read more