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Korean J Pediatr 2005 July;48(7) :685-690.
Twins
Oh Kyung Lee (Lee OK)
Department of Pediatrics, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea
Corresponding Author: Oh Kyung Lee ,Email: okleepmc@netian.com
Copyright © 2005 by The Korean Pediatric Society
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.
Keywords: Twins | Prematurity
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