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Dennis Ray Hartung, MD
(907) 353-5253
1060 Gaffney Rd
Fort Wainwright, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Doris Heilman
(907) 459-3540
1275 Sadler Way #101
Fairbanks, AK
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1969
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Jean Tsigonis
(907) 459-3511
1001 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology

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G Phillips Thomas, MD
1919 Lathrop St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1961

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Corrine Leistikow
(907) 459-3511
1001 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Peter Douglas Lawrason, MD
(907) 452-1761
1919 Lathrop St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Fairbanks Mem Hosp/Denali Ctr, Fairbanks, Ak
Group Practice: Fairbanks Clinic Inc

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Eiluned Anne Hogenson
(907) 452-1761
1919 Lathrop St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Nigel George Wappett
(907) 451-6682
1408 19th Ave
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Matthew H Packham
(907) 459-3500
1001 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Timothy Carl Klammer, MD
(907) 459-3500
1001 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1974

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Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

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Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) is a disease of the placenta. It affects pregnancies with monochorionic (shared placenta) multiples when blood passes disproportionately from one baby to the other through connecting blood vessels within their shared placenta. One baby, the recipient twin, gets too much blood overloading his or her cardiovascular system, and may die from heart failure. The other baby, the donor twin or stuck twin, does not get enough blood and may die from severe anemia. Left untreated, mortality rates near 100%.

Cause of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

The cause of TTTS is attributed to unbalanced flow of blood through vascular channels that connect the circulatory systems of each twin via the common placenta. The shunting of blood through the vascular communications leads to a net flow of blood from one twin (the donor) to the other twin (the recipient). The donor twin develops oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid) and poor fetal growth, while the recipient twin develops polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid), heart failure, and hydrops. If left untreated, the pregnancy may be lost due to lack of blood getting to the smaller twin, fluid overload and heart failure in the larger twin, and/or preterm (early) labor leading to miscarriage of the entire pregnancy.

Some general treatment approaches consist of using laser energy to seal off the blood vessels that shunt blood between the fetuses. Because the surgical approach is via an operative fetoscope, there is minimal risk to the mother. Laser therapy for TTTS has been shown to provide improved pregnancy outcomes compared to alternative therapies. Although all treatment options should be discussed with your fetal surgeon.

Frequency of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

1 in 7 monochorionic pregnancies are afflicted with TTTS.

Diagnosis and Staging of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

The in utero diagnosis of TTTS is established by ultrasound. First, the presence of a shared placenta (monochorionic) confirmed. Ultrasounds performed earlier in the pregnancy may be useful in establishing the chorionicity (number of placentas). Ultrasound findings such as a single placenta, same fetal sex, and a "T-sign" in which the dividing membrane inserts perpendicular to the placenta are helpful in diagnosing a monochorionic twin gestation.

TTTS is then diagnosed simply by assessing the discordance of amniotic fluid volume on either side of the dividing fetal membranes. The maximum vertical pocket (MVP) of amniotic fluid volume must be greater than or equal to 8.0 centimeters in the recipient's sac, and less than or equal to 2.0 centimeters in the donor's sac.

Although TTTS is diagnosed via ultrasound, women with a monochorionic or monoamniotic pregnancy can be alerted to certain symptoms that may require medical attention. Symptoms may include a sudden ...

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