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Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes Complicating Twin Pregnancy: Management Considerations

SELA, HEN Y. MD; SIMPSON, LYNN L. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2011 - Volume 54 - Issue 2 - p 321–329
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318217d60d
Preterm Premature Rupture Of The Membranes

Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is more prevalent in twin gestations and is major contributor to preterm birth. The management of PPROM in twin pregnancies does not differ significantly from that of singletons. In general, antenatal steroids, latency antibiotics, magnesium sulpfate for neuroprotection, and tocolysis are all potential interventions to consider when PPROM complicates a twin gestation. Certain circumstances, such as PPROM following an invasive procedure, at a previable gestational age, or in a monochorionic gestation, warrant special attention as the implications of PPROM and subsequent recommendations for these twin pregnancies may differ. In general, the approach to PPROM in twins should be individualized based on gestational age, and the maternal and neonatal risks of delaying delivery to prolong the pregnancy.

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center New York, New York

The authors have no relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in this study. This includes employment, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, grants or patents received or pending, or royalties. No writing assistance was used in the production of this article.

Correspondence: Hen Y. Sela, MD, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 west 168th Street, PH-16, New York, NY. e-mail: hys2104@columbia.edu

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