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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 73

of 'Epidemiology, etiology, and prevention of cerebral palsy'

Twins and cerebral palsy.
Pharoah PO
Acta Paediatr Suppl. 2001;90(436):6.
In a national follow-up study of twin births, monozygous compared with dizygous twins were at significantly increased for both to die in utero, one to die in utero and the co-twin to die in infancy, or both to be livebirths but both die in infancy. The prevalence of cerebral palsy among survivors of a co-twin fetal death was 80.2 and other cerebral impairment was 107.0 per 1000. Many apparently singleton cases of cerebral palsy and impairment may be due to fetal death of a twin that has not been recognized or has been recognized but not registered.
Department of Public Health, University of Liverpool, UK. p.o.d.pharoah@liv.ac.uk