Twin-peak sign (twin pregnancy)

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 10 Jul 2019

The twin peak sign (also known as the lambda (λ) sign) is a triangular appearance of the chorion insinuating between the layers of the intertwin membrane and strongly suggests a dichorionic twin pregnancy. It is best seen in the first trimester (between 10-14 weeks) 5. While the presence of a twin peak sign is a useful indicator of dichorionicity, its absence, however, is not that useful in confidently excluding it.

It should be noted that the 'twin' in 'twin-peak' refers not to the presence of two peaks, but that it relates to twins. In pregnancies with more than two fetuses, the chorionicity and amnionicity of each fetus may be different, and therefore this sign only aids in determining chorionicity of adjacent twins.

See also

Inspired signs

ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads

Cases and figures

  • Case 1
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Case 2
    Drag here to reorder.