Intrauterine laser coagulation offers good neurodevelopmentaloutcomes

May 1, 2006

Intrauterine laser coagulation is the best treatment for severetwin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), according to the authors ofa recent study.

Intrauterine laser coagulation is the best treatment for severe twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), according to the authors of a recent study.

Researchers in Germany examined at approximately 3 years of age the neurologic development of 167 children who survived TTTS. They found that the vast majority (145 or 86.8%) had developed completely normally, 12 (7.3%) had minor neurologic abnormalities, and 10 (6%) had major neurologic deficits.

No significant differences in outcomes existed for the children who had been donors in utero as opposed to recipients or for children born as twins versus singletons.