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Twins

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2005;48(7):685-690.
Published online July 15, 2005.
Twins
Oh Kyung Lee
Department of Pediatrics, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea
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전주 예수병원 소아과
Correspondence: 
Oh Kyung Lee, Email: okleepmc@netian.com
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.
Key Words: Twins , Prematurity


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