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Maternal and neonatal outcomes in 54 triplet pregnancies managed in an Australian tertiary centre.
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PMID:  15191446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To provide current data on maternal and neonatal outcomes in triplet pregnancies in an Australian population. METHODS: Retrospective case note review of all triplet pregnancies managed within a single Australian tertiary centre. RESULTS: Fifty-four sets of triplets were managed from January 1996 to October 2002. A total of 59% resulted from the use of assisted reproductive technologies. The median gestation at delivery was 32.5 weeks (range: 21-36 weeks); 14% delivered prior to 28 weeks and 43% delivered before 32 weeks. Preterm labour and preterm rupture of membranes were the most common antenatal complications occurring in 57 and 22% of pregnancies, respectively. A total of 93% of pregnancies were delivered by Caesarean section and 37% of mothers experienced at least one post-partum complication. A total of 96% of neonates were liveborn, with a median birthweight of 1644 g (range: 165-2888 g). The two most common neonatal complications were jaundice and hypoglycaemia in 52 and 43% of liveborn neonates, respectively. A total of 28% of neonates were below the 10th centile for gestational age and sex. A total of 8% of neonates demonstrated congenital anomalies. The perinatal mortality at a gestational age of 20-24 weeks was 100%, 22% at 25-28 weeks and zero for those babies born at 29 weeks or beyond. CONCLUSION: Assisted reproductive technologies contribute significantly to the incidence of triplet pregnancies. Gestational age at delivery and perinatal mortality is comparable to published international data. Triplets born in a tertiary centre beyond 28 weeks gestation have a very favourable prognosis in the newborn period.
Andrea Barkehall-Thomas; Louise Woodward; Euan M Wallace
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0004-8666     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-11     Completed Date:  2004-11-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0001027     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  222-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Women's Health Research, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Delivery, Obstetric
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
Pregnancy Outcome / epidemiology*
Pregnancy, Multiple*
Retrospective Studies
Victoria / epidemiology

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