An acardiac infant: the extreme form of the twin-twin transfusion syndrome

Andras Szatmari, Johannes N. van den Anker, Johannes L.J. Gaillard

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A description of the pathologic and clinical findings in a twin with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome is given. One of them died immediately after birth, with the autopsy revealing the histologic absence of the myocardium. The surviving infant presented with short term heart failure and with persistent left ventricular hypertrophy over 6 months. The circulatory changes in the twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome can result in complete myocardial involution in one and an unexpectedly long compensatory left venticular hypertrophy in the other infant. Caution is advised in order to avoid misdiagnosing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In such a case a longer follow-up period is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-240
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1993


  • Acardia
  • Monozygotic
  • Twinning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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