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First-Trimester Transabdominal Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction: A Report of 85 Cases.

LYNCH, LAUREN MD; BERKOMTZ, RICHARD L. MD; CHITKARA, USHA MD; ALVAREZ, MANUEL MD

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Abstract

Eighty-five cases of multifetal pregnancy reduction were performed transabdominaliy at 9.5-13 weeks' gestation. All pregnancies consisted of three or more fetuses (28 triplets, 47 quadruplets, four quintuplets, four sextuplets, one septuplet, and one nontuplet), and all except five were reduced to twins. Forty-five women have delivered viable infants and eight lost all of the fetuses; 32 pregnancies are ongoing. No temporal relationship was noted between the pregnancy losses and the procedures. The mean gestational age at delivery was 35.7 weeks; 16 women (35.5%) delivered at or after 37 weeks, 16 (35.5%) between 34.5-37 weeks, nine (20%) between 32-34.5 weeks, and four (9%) before 32 weeks. There were no perinatal deaths, and all infants are healthy except for one who developed sequelae of severe hyaline membrane disease.

(C) 1990 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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