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Selective termination in multiple pregnancy

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Dr Amit Verma, Dr Rita Arya
Foundation Years Journal, volume 8, issue 7, p.84 (123Doc Education, London, July 2014)


We present a case of a Mono-chorionic Mono-amniotic twin pregnancy where one twin was diagnosed with severe bilateral ventriculomegaly and possible agenesis of corpus callosum at 20 weeks gestation while the second twin showed signs of growth restriction. The options of conservative management and selective termination of the abnormal foetus were discussed with the couple bearing in mind poor prognosis for both twins. The couple opted for selective termination of the abnormal foetus which was carried out in a tertiary centre. Subsequent scans showed improved growth parameters and placental function for the surviving twin. The pregnancy itself was complicated by pre term pre labour rupture of membranes at 26 weeks gestation which was managed conservatively. The patient went on to have a spontaneous normal delivery at 32 weeks gestation which was uneventful.

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Dr Amit Verma

Specialist Registrar O&G
Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lovely Lane, Warrington, WA5 1QG

Dr Rita Arya

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Women’s Health, Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lovely Lane, Warrington, WA5 1QG


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