Solomon Technique Versus Selective Coagulation for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twin Res Hum Genet. 2016 Jun;19(3):217-21. doi: 10.1017/thg.2016.25.


Monochorionic twin pregnancies can be complicated by twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). The best treatment option for TTTS is fetoscopic laser coagulation of the vascular anastomoses between donor and recipient. After laser therapy, up to 33% residual anastomoses were seen. These residual anastomoses can cause twin anemia polycythemia sequence (TAPS) and recurrent TTTS. In order to reduce the number of residual anastomoses and their complications, a new technique, the Solomon technique, where the whole vascular equator will be coagulated, was introduced. The Solomon technique showed a reduction of recurrent TTS compared to the selective technique. The incidence of recurrent TTTS after the Solomon technique ranged from 0% to 3.9% compared to 5.3-8.5% after the selective technique. The incidence of TAPS after the Solomon technique ranged from 0% to 2.9% compared to 4.2-15.6% after the selective technique. The Solomon technique may improve dual survival rates ranging from 64% to 85% compared to 46-76% for the selective technique. There was no difference reported in procedure-related complications such as intrauterine infection and preterm premature rupture of membranes. The Solomon technique significantly reduced the incidence of TAPS and recurrent TTTS and may improve survival and neonatal outcome, without identifiable adverse outcome or complications; therefore, the Solomon technique is recommended for the treatment of TTTS.

Keywords: Solomon technique; TAPS; TTTS; fetoscopic laser surgery; residual anastomoses; twin anemia polycythemia sequence; twin-twin transfusion syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Anemia / complications
  • Anemia / physiopathology
  • Anemia / surgery*
  • Female
  • Fetofetal Transfusion / physiopathology
  • Fetofetal Transfusion / surgery*
  • Fetoscopy
  • Humans
  • Laser Coagulation
  • Placenta / blood supply
  • Placenta / physiopathology
  • Placenta / surgery*
  • Polycythemia / complications
  • Polycythemia / physiopathology
  • Polycythemia / surgery*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Twin