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Twin-peak sign (twin pregnancy)

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

Ultrasound - obstetric
Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 2232
System: Obstetrics
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Twin peak sign
  • Lambda sign of twin pregnancy
  • Twin-peak sign in a twin pregnancy
  • Lambda sign (twin pregnancy)

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