Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Day 5
As a way to educate people on Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, I have joined a challenge on Facebook put together by the TTTS Foundation. Each day in the month of December, we will be sharing a fact about TTTS. Today, on December 5th, me and my boys are sharing Fact #5.
Before I share my fact, let me share the first 4 facts from the first 4 days of TTTS Awareness month with you directly from The TTTS Foundation.
- December is International TTTS Awareness Month. Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a disease of the placenta that affects identical twin pregnancies (or higher gestations) who share a placenta (monochorionic). The shared placenta contains abnormal blood vessels which connects the umbilical cord and circulations of the twins. The events in pregnancy that lead to TTTS are all random. TTTS is not hereditary. TTTS has also been reported in dichorionic twins, two placentas, however, this is felt to be extremely rare.
- The later the embryo splits, the more likely complications, like TTTS, will occur. Soon after the embryo splits after conception, usually between 4-8 days, the umbilical cords randomly attach to the placenta and the shared blood vessels in the placenta form in such a way that it is predetermined that TTTS will progress at some gestational week. No one knows why an embryo splits, so they do not know why TTTS happens. The later in days after conception that the embryo splits, the more complications that can happen.
- The placenta is the only biological structure that can cause the death or injury to more than one person at the same time. TTTS can occur at any time during a pregnancy, even when the mother is in labor at full-term. The placental abnormalities determine when and to what degree a transfusion occurs between the twins.
- Unequal Placental share can magnify the effects of TTTS. TTTS is caused by an unequal flow in shared blood vessels, but the pregnancy may also be further complicated from the babies having an unequal share of the placenta, which is something different. Placental share is determined by ‘independent’ blood vessels to each baby’s cord. Unequal placental share contributes to a size difference between the babies, and may force an earlier delivery if the baby stops growing, and may contribute to the baby’s passing after laser surgery as the shared vessels are cauterized and the baby may not have enough placental share to continue growing.
Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome is not caused by the Parents or the Babies.
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Ps. This was about take number 20.
Pps. This was also after a day with no naps, and before dinner.
Ppps. Thank you so much for watching and for your support!
Thank you again for watching, and thank you for helping me spread awareness about Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, and you can always visit the TTTS Foundation right HERE.