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Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 1998 Sep;77(8):845-8.

Birth in triplet pregnancies. Vaginal delivery--how often is it possible?

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare cesarean section with vaginal delivery in triplet pregnancies.

DESIGN:

Medical records of 16 triplet pregnancies were retrospectively reviewed.

SETTING:

One hospital where planned, vaginal delivery of triplet gestations is the preferred policy.

SUBJECTS:

Sixteen women giving birth to triplets in the University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

RESULTS:

Nine women were delivered vaginally, seven with cesarean section. The corrected mortality was 3.3% in the group delivered vaginally and zero in the cesarean section group. Twenty-three percent of the babies in the vaginally delivered group were without any morbidity and 6% in the corresponding cesarean section group.

CONCLUSIONS:

In terms of fetal outcome cesarean section in triplets is not superior to a policy of vaginal delivery. Vaginal delivery may be suggested when there are no obvious obstetrical contraindications.

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PMID:
9776599
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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