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A review of 19 sets of triplets: the positive results of vaginal delivery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8053876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The outcome of 19 triplet pregnancies delivered at Waikato Women's Hospital is analyzed, with particular regard to the mode of delivery. During the period 1981-1992 the incidence of triplets was 1:1,945. Twelve sets of triplets were delivered by Caesarean section (63%) with 6 perinatal deaths occurring in this group, compared to none in 7 sets of triplets delivered vaginally (37%). All triplet pregnancies were correctly diagnosed antenatally by ultrasound examination at a mean gestational age of 19 weeks (range 11-28 weeks). The most common antenatal complications were preterm labour in 18 pregnancies (95%) and preeclampsia in 4 (21%). The mean gestation at delivery was 33 weeks (range 25-39 weeks). The outcome of triplet pregnancies was better in the group that delivered vaginally than those delivered by Caesarean section. Greater maturity of the infants delivered vaginally appeared to be the major factor for the lower neonatal morbidity and mortality.
J P Clarke; J D Roman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0004-8666     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  1994 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-09-08     Completed Date:  1994-09-08     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:  50-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Waikato Women's Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Cesarean Section
Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
Fetal Death
Infant Mortality
Infant, Newborn
New Zealand
Obstetric Labor, Premature
Pregnancy Outcome*
Pregnancy, Multiple*
Retrospective Studies

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