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Neonatal and maternal outcomes in twin gestations > or =32 weeks according to the planned mode of delivery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16260335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine a possible relationship between neonatal and maternal outcomes in twin gestations and the planned mode of delivery. STUDY DESIGN: A single-centre retrospective cohort study in twins > or =32 weeks of gestational age was performed. Baseline characteristics, and neonatal and maternal outcomes were documented according to the planned mode of delivery: a planned caesarean section or a planned vaginal birth. Statistical analysis was performed using chi-square test. Fisher exact test was used in case correction was needed. RESULTS: During the study period (1999-2002), 164 twins > or =32 weeks were enrolled in the study. In 29 women (17.7%) an elective caesarean section was performed. The remaining 135 twins (82.3%) were allowed to start a vaginal delivery. An emergency or an urgent secondary caesarean section for both twins was performed in 26 women, and in 2 women for twin B only. One twin B baby died during planned vaginal delivery. No significant differences in perinatal mortality and serious neonatal morbidity were found between both groups (10.3% versus 9.6%). Neonatal outcomes in twins A were significantly better than in twins B (2.4% versus 7.3%), independent of the planned mode of delivery. Serious maternal morbidity was not significantly different between both groups (13.8% versus 19.3%), although 2 women in the elective caesarean section group needed a relaparotomy for haemorrhage. CONCLUSION: Our results do not support an elective caesarean section for twin gestations > or =32 weeks. The success rate of vaginal delivery in the planned vaginal birth group was nearly 80%.
Kim M J Haest; Frans J M E Roumen; Jan G Nijhuis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Twin Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  123     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-01     Completed Date:  2006-02-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Atrium Medical Centre Heerlen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Cesarean Section / psychology,  trends
Cohort Studies
Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
Gestational Age
Infant Mortality
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy, Multiple* / statistics & numerical data
Retrospective Studies

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