Craig T. Albanese, MD, MBA

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  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome: The 'Select' procedure FETAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY Feldstein, V. A., Machin, G., Albanese, C. T., Sandberg, P., Farrell, J. A., Farmer, D. L., Harrison, M. R. 2000; 15 (5): 257-261


    Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is associated with a high risk of perinatal morbidity and mortality. The condition results from intertwin vascular connections in the shared placenta. We report here a case of early, severe TTTS that failed to respond to serial amniocenteses and that was successfully treated by means of superselective laser coagulation.A causative arteriovenous anastomosis was identified by means of prenatal obstetrical sonography, using color and spectral Doppler techniques. At fetoscopy, performed at 23 weeks' gestation, laser occlusion of only this connection was achieved.This therapeutic intervention resulted in rapid resolution of all evidence of TTTS and a successful pregnancy outcome, with subsequent delivery of 2 healthy infants at 33 weeks' gestation.The potentially fatal pathophysiology of TTTS was reversed by interruption of a single arteriovenous connection. We have termed this the sonographically evaluated, laser-endoscopic coagulation for twins ('Select') procedure.

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