Monday, March 24, 2014
The death of a twin before birth: cerebral palsy
This article published in 2000 says:
Experts have known that when one twin dies before birth, risk of cerebral impairment is higher for the surviving twin, according to Mary Jane Platt, MD, senior lecturer in the department of public health at the University of Liverpool, England. "Where the surviving twin is the same sex as the [fetus who died], the risk appears even higher," she tells WebMD on behalf of lead author P.O.D. Pharoah, emeritus professor of public health, at the University. "[The data] indicate that we need a greater understanding of twin development during pregnancy."
May 8, 2000 -- British researchers have determined that when one twin dies before birth, the surviving twin is left with a 20% greater risk for cerebral palsy and other brain impairments than when both twins survive. The findings were reported in the May 5 issue of the British medical journal The Lancet.
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