Chorionicity and perinatal complications in twin pregnancy: a 10 years case series.

Pedro Manso, Ana Vaz, Adelaide Taborda, Isabel Santos Silva


OVERVIEW AND AIMS: Multiple pregnancy accounts for about 3% of all pregnancies. The monochorionic pregnancy presents a relatively constant incidence (1:250 pregnancies) unlike the dichorionic, which is influenced by race, heredity, maternal age, parity and medically assisted procreation. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the impact of chorionicity on perinatal morbidity of twin pregnancy.Retrospective, longitudinal, descriptive and analytical study of women with twin pregnancy whose birth occurred in our maternity hospital since January/1999 until December/2008. Inclusion criteria: monochorionic and dichorionic twin pregnancies confirmed by ultrasound. Exclusion criteria: monochorionic monoamniotic gestation. Demographic data, delivery variables and perinatal morbidity and mortality were studied. Data were evaluated using the χ2 test (qualitative variables), t-Student (continuous quantitative variables) and Mann-Whitney test (quantitative discrete variables).We studied 504 pregnancies (356 dichorionic diamniotic and 148 monochorionic diamniotic). The monochorionic pregnancy had a higher incidence of threatened preterm labor (43,9% vs 31,5%, p<0,05), of oligohydramnios/hydramnios (9,8% vs 3,3%, p<0,001), discordant fetal growth (26,8% vs 14,8%, p<0,001) and intrauterine growth restriction (7,4% vs 3,7%, p<0,05). Prematurity was more common in the monochorionic group (p<0,001). The cesarean delivery rate was higher in monochorionic pregnancy (58,8% vs 50,3%, p<0,05) and the average weight of newborns was lower in monochorionic pregnancies (1983g vs 2233g, p<0,001). Newborns in the monochorionic group had higher incidence of hyaline membrane disease (5,8% vs 2,8%, p<0,05) and intraventricular haemorrhage (2,1% vs 0,4%, p<0,05). The perinatal mortality was higher in the monochorionic group (7,8% vs 1,8%, p<0,001).As the morbidity and mortality associated with monochorionic pregnancies are higher, it is essential to perform an early detection of chorionicity by ultrasound (11-13 weeks) in order to place differentiated prenatal and appropriate peripartum surveillance.

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