The vanishing twin: a review

Hum Reprod Update. Mar-Apr 1998;4(2):177-83. doi: 10.1093/humupd/4.2.177.


This article reviews the scientific literature discussing the vanishing twin phenomenon. Information pertaining to frequency, aetiology, and potential complications, as well as the impact of sonographic technology on our growing understanding of the events in early multiple pregnancy is provided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diseases in Twins*
  • Female
  • Fetal Resorption / diagnosis*
  • Fetal Resorption / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, First
  • Pregnancy, Multiple*
  • Prognosis
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal