Acardiac twin pregnancy: successful intrauterine ablative treatment with alcohol at 14 weeks of gestation

Guven M. A. , Koc O., Bodur H., Erkanli S. , Bagis T., Usal D.

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, vol.43, no.3, pp.460-462, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.12891/ceog2139.2016
  • Page Numbers: pp.460-462


Twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence is a serious condition of monochorionic twin pregnancy, occurring in approximately one in 35,000 cases. First trimester treatment of TRAP sequence is controversial with higher incidence of procedure related complications. Present case demonstrates a TRAP sequence that was managed by intrauterine treatment with one-ml 100% pure alcohol injection into the abdominal part of the umbilical artery and obliteration of the acardiac twin at 14 weeks of gestation. Antenatal follow-up was uneventful and elective cesarean section was performed at 39 weeks' gestation. Postnatal outcome of the pump twin was excellent at 30 months after birth. Early second trimester elective ablation by alcohol injection can be an inexpensive, alternative, and reasonable minimal invasive treatment option to prevent fetal loss of pump twin before mid and late second trimester in perinatology centers where intrafetal cord occlusive methods are not available.