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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2007;50(12):1672-1678.
Published online December 1, 2007.
Clinical outcomes of first trimester discordant twins.
Seung Eun Song, Ok Jin Ko, Hyun Ji Cho, Eun Sung Seo, Kyung Lan Jung, Suk Joo Choi, Soo young Oh, Cheong Rae Roh, Jong Hwa Kim
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ohsymd.oh@samsung.com
To compare the clinical outcomes of first trimester discordant twins with second or third trimester discordant twins and concordant twins. METHODS: Pregnancy outcomes of twin pregnancies delivered from October 1994 to February 2006 were analyzed retrospectively. Subjects were categorized into following three groups: 1) group 1, first trimester discordant twins defined as intertwin CRL difference > or =5 days at 10-14 weeks of gestation (n=32), 2) group 2, second or third trimester discordant twins defined as intertwin AC difference >20 mm at 20-28 weeks of gestation or intertwin fetal weight difference >25% beyond 29 weeks of gestation (n=42), 3) group 3, concordant twins with no discordancy throughout the whole gestation (n=723). Perinatal complications analyzed for were congenital anomaly, fetal growth restriction (FGR), fetal death in utero (FDIU). RESULTS: The three groups were similar with respect to maternal characteristics and chorionicity. Overall, the group 2 had higher perinatal complications compared to the group 3. Congenital anomaly was more common in the group 1 than the group 2 (21.9% vs. 11.9%, p<0.001). However, FGR rate was higher in the group 2 than the group 1 (32.3% vs. 71.8%, p<0.01). Congenital anomaly, FGR and FDIU were more common in the group 1 compared to the group 3 (21.9% vs. 3.5%, p<0.001, 32.3% vs. 9.1%, p<0.01, 6.3% vs. 1.0%, p<0.05, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: First trimester discordant twins have an increased risk of congenital anomaly, FGR and FDIU, and therefore, they should be regarded as a high-risk pregnancy likewise second or third trimester discordant twins.
Key Words: Twin pregnancy, Discordant twins, Growth restriction, Perinatal mortality, Congenital anomaly

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