Prenatal magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of ischemic brain lesions in the survivors of monochorionic twin pregnancies: report of 3 cases

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Jan-Feb 2004;28(1):87-92. doi: 10.1097/00004728-200401000-00014.


The death of 1 twin of monochorionic pairs is associated with a significant risk of brain hypoxic-ischemic damage in the survivor. Ultrasound may diagnose cerebral anomalies only a few weeks after the event. We report 3 cases of single survivors of monochorionic-twin pregnancies in which prenatal magnetic resonance imaging detected brain changes earlier and with better definition of the brain abnormalities than ultrasound.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / pathology
  • Female
  • Fetal Death / etiology
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia-Ischemia, Brain / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Multiple*
  • Prenatal Diagnosis*
  • Twins*