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Twin delivery after a previous caesarean: a twelve-year experience.
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PMID:  12679821     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To compare maternal and neonatal morbidities between trial of labour (TOL) and elective Caesarean section in women with twin pregnancies who have had a prior Caesarean. METHODS: An observational study was conducted of women with a prior Caesarean who delivered twins at 28 weeks gestation or greater in Ste-Justine Hospital between 1988 and 2001. Maternal and neonatal outcomes were compared between women who had a TOL (group 1) and those who had an elective Caesarean delivery (group 2). RESULTS: Twenty-six women and 52 fetuses were included in group 1 and compared to the 71 women and 142 fetuses in group 2. Maternal age, gestational age, and birth weight were comparable in both groups. In group 1, 22 (85%) out of 26 women delivered twin A vaginally and 19 (73%) delivered both vaginally. There was no significant difference in the umbilical artery cord pH, Apgar score, ventilatory support, and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit between the 2 groups. There was also no significant difference in the rate of postpartum maternal fever or decrease of serum hemoglobin between the 2 groups, but the median hospital stay was higher in the group with elective Caesarean (5.0 vs. 3.0 days, p <0.001). There were no uterine ruptures or other major complications in either group. CONCLUSION: There were no significant differences in maternal and neonatal morbidity outcomes between births by trial of labour and by elective Caesarean, in twin pregnancies after a prior Caesarean section. A trial of labour is associated with a shorter hospital stay.
Andrée Sansregret; Emmanuel Bujold; Robert J Gauthier
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada : JOGC = Journal d'obstétrique et gynécologie du Canada : JOGC     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1701-2163     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol Can     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-07     Completed Date:  2003-06-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101126664     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol Can     Country:  Canada    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  294-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ste-Justine Hospital, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cesarean Section, Repeat*
Infant, Newborn
Labor Presentation
Length of Stay
Pregnancy Outcome
Retrospective Studies
Trial of Labor*
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean*

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