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

  • Akihide Ohkuchi , Hisanori Minakami , Ikuo Sato , Takashi Nakano and Masaya Tateno
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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.

Published Online: 2005-06-01
Published in Print: 2001-01-26

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