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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, Joachim W.

Editorial Board Member: / Bancalari, Eduardo / Greenough, Anne / Genc, Mehmet R. / Chervenak, Frank A. / Chappelle, Joseph / Bergmann, Renate L. / Bernardes, J.F. / Bevilacqua, G. / Blickstein, Isaac / Cabero Roura, Luis / Carbonell-Estrany, Xavier / Carrera, Jose M. / D`Addario, Vincenzo / D'Alton, MD, Mary E. / Dimitrou, G. / Grunebaum, Amos / Hentschel, Roland / Köpcke, W. / Kawabata, Ichiro / Keirse, M.J.M.C. / Kurjak M.D., Asim / Levene, Malcolm / Lockwood, Charles J. / Marsal, Karel / Makatsariya, Alexander / Nishida, Hiroshi / Papp, Zoltán / Pejaver, Ranjan Kumar / Pooh, Ritsuko K. / Romero, Roberto / Saugstad, Ola D. / Schenker, Joseph G. / Sen, Cihat / Seri, Istvan / Vetter, Klaus / Winn, Hung N. / Young, Bruce K. / Zimmermann, Roland

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First-trimester ultrasonographic investigation of cardiovascular anatomy in thoracoabdominally conjoined twins

Akihide Ohkuchi / Hisanori Minakami / Ikuo Sato / Takashi Nakano / Masaya Tateno

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Volume 29, Issue 1, Pages 77–80, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: 10.1515/JPM.2001.011, June 2005

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Options for the treatment of thoracoabdominally conjoined twins are dependent on the anatomy of the cardiovascular system. It is important to increase the accuracy of diagnosis of conjoined twins with a fused heart. Color Doppler imaging performed in a 23-year-old nulliparous Japanese woman at 12 weeks of gestation revealed synchronized blood flow in 2 aortic arches arising from a single heart. The patient underwent a therapeutic abortion, and the diagnosis of conjoined twins with a fused heart was confirmed. Thus, color Doppler imaging is useful for investigating the cardiovascular anatomy in conjoined twins suspected of having a fused heart, even in an early gestational age.

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