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Supplementary Material for: Microwave Ablation for Twin-Reversed Arterial Perfusion Sequence: A Novel Application of Technology

posted on 22.01.2015, 00:00 by Stephenson C.D., Temming L.A., Pollack R., Iannitti D.A.
Introduction: Twin-reversed arterial perfusion sequence is a rare complication of monochorionic pregnancies that is characterized by the presence of an acardiac mass perfused by an apparently normal pump twin. The risk of death to the pump twin has led to a range of therapeutic interventions aimed at separating their vascular connection. We report a novel application of microwave ablation for vessel coagulation in the treatment of twin-reversed arterial perfusion sequence. Material and Methods: Microwave ablation has been adopted by surgical subspecialties as a superior energy source for vessel and tissue ablation as it creates heat without a circuit and has less thermal spread. We describe the use of a 2.45-GHz microwave system using a 1.8-mm antenna to coagulate the intra-abdominal portion of umbilical vessels of the acardiac mass. Results: We report 6 cases of twin-reversed arterial perfusion sequence treated by microwave ablation. All patients were treated with microwave ablation with successful coagulation of intra-abdominal umbilical cord vessels of the acardiac mass with cessation of flow. Discussion: Microwave ablation is an excellent energy source for vessel coagulation due to its thermal properties and can be used effectively in the treatment of twin-reversed arterial perfusion sequence.