Korean J Pediatr.  2005 Jul;48(7):685-690.

Twins

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea. okleepmc@netian.com

Abstract

Recently, twinning rate increases in Korea since the early 1990s by delayed marriage and prevailing of assisted reproductive technology. But twin and higher-order multiples are at increased risk for perinatal and neonatal mortality over 5 fold despite of dramatic improvement of perinatal and neonatal care. Because twins are born more prematurely and have lower birth weights than singleton. In addition, twins are at increased risk for cerebral palsy mainly in monochorionic twins due to co-twin fetal death, twin to twin transfusion and congenital anomaly. So, this article reviews the factors contributing to the mortality and morbidity of the twins and the efforts to decrease the neonatal mortality of twins.

Keyword

Twins; Prematurity

MeSH Terms

Birth Weight
Cerebral Palsy
Female
Fetal Death
Fetofetal Transfusion
Humans
Infant
Infant Mortality
Korea
Marriage
Mortality
Pregnancy
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted
Twins*
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