TWIN TO TWIN TRANS­FU­SION

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TWIN to twin trans­fu­sion syn­drome is a rare, life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion that can oc­cur in preg­nan­cies when iden­ti­cal twins share a pla­centa. IN a typ­i­cal case, one twin takes an un­equal share of their mother’s sin­gle pla­centa. THIS means the “re­cip­i­ent” twin de­prives the “donor” twin of blood sup­ply, as well as other vi­tal flu­ids and nu­tri­ents. WITH­OUT hi-tech, key­hole surgery, there is a 90 per cent mor­tal­ity rate for both ba­bies. THE Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal treats about 15 cases every year. Women are treated by a team of ex­perts at the hos­pi­tal’s Ma­ter­nal Fe­tal Medicine Ser­vice.

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