Interventions for twin–twin transfusion syndrome: a Cochrane review

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Abstract

We performed a Cochrane review to assess which of the treatments for twin–twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) improves fetal, childhood and maternal outcomes. This article represents a version of the review which includes additional data to the published version.

We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (April 2007) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (The Cochrane Library, October 2007) for randomized and quasi-randomized studies of amnioreduction, laser coagulation and septostomy and compared their outcomes. We also searched conference proceedings and contacted the authors of published trials for clarification and addtional data. No trials compared intervention with no intervention. Three studies (253 women) were included.

Laser coagulation resulted in less overall death (48% vs. 59%; relative risk (RR), 0.81; 95% CI, 0.65–1.01 adjusted for clustering; two trials, 364 fetuses), perinatal death (26% vs. 44%; RR, 0.59; 95% CI, 0.40–0.87 adjusted for clustering; one trial, 284 fetuses) and neonatal death (8% vs. 26%; RR, 0.29; 95% CI, 0.14–0.61 adjusted for clustering; one trial, 284 fetuses) when compared with amnioreduction. There was no difference in perinatal outcome between amnioreduction and septostomy. More babies were alive without neurological abnormality at the age of 6 months in the laser group than in the amnioreduction group (52% vs. 31%; RR, 1.66; 95% CI, 1.17–2.35 adjusted for clustering; one trial). There was no difference in the proportion of babies alive at 6 months that had undergone treatment for major neurological abnormality between the laser coagulation and the amnioreduction groups (4% vs. 7%; RR, 0.58; 95% CI, 0.18–1.86 adjusted for clustering; one trial).

The results suggest that endoscopic laser coagulation of anastomotic vessels should be considered in the treatment of all stages of TTTS to improve perinatal and neonatal outcome. Copyright © 2008 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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