For citation purposes: Magann EF, Dajani NK. How do we evaluate amniotic fluid volume in twins? OA Women's Health 2013 May 01;1(1):4.

Short communication

 
Pregnancy

How do we evaluate amniotic fluid volume in twins?

Everett Magann, Nafisa Dajani
 

Authors affiliations

(1) University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

* Corresponding author Email: efmagann@uams.edu

Abstract

Introduction

Twin pregnancies are at increased risk, compared to singleton pregnancies, for spontaneous abortions, malformations, low birth weight neonates, and preterm deliveries. Additionally the pregnancies are at greater risk for gestational diabetes, hypertension/ preeclampsia, acute fatty liver, and placental abruption. Because of these increased risks for pregnancy complications and adverse pregnancy outcomes, the assessment of amniotic fluid volume is even more important in twin pregnancies during the foetal anatomic survey, growth assessment, and as a component of antenatal testing. This paper discusses the different methods we have to evaluate amniotic fluid volume in twins.

Short Communication

The amniotic fluid volume in twins is estimated by many different techniques including amniotic fluid index, single deepest pocket, 2-diameter pocket, and subjective assessment method.

Conclusion

Twin pregnancies are at significantly higher risk for pregnancy complications, perinatal morbidity and mortality compared to singleton pregnancies. The amniotic fluid volume can be measured accurately in each sac but the techniques to measure those fluid volumes are impractical for everyday use.

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