Endoscopic documentation of unintentional perforation of the dividing membrane during amnioreduction for twin-twin transfusion syndrome

Rachel Cooper, Patricia W. Bornick, Mary Allen, Rubén Quintero

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this report is to document endoscopically the occurrence of unintentional piercing of the dividing membrane in a monochorionic twin pregnancy with twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). Materials and Methods: The dividing membrane was visualized endoscopically during laser therapy in a patient with TTTS who had previously undergone therapeutic amniocentesis. The donor twin had no visible bladder, but the amniotic fluid volume had normalized after amniocentesis. Results: The suspected membrane perforation was identified endoscopically during laser surgery. Five areas of vascular communications were identified and photocoagulated. Conclusions: Sonographic evidence of normalization of the amniotic fluid volumes after therapeutic amniocentesis with persistent nonvisualization of the bladder of the donor twin should not be interpreted as a sign of improvement of TTTS, but rather as indirect evidence of unintentional perforation of the dividing membrane. This complication can be confirmed endoscopically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 6 2001

Keywords

  • Amniocentesis
  • Dividing membrane
  • Fetoscopy
  • Laser therapy
  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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