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High-Order Multifetal Gestation-Management and Outcome.

LIPITZ, SHLOMO MD; FRENKEL, YAIR MD; WATTS, CARMELLA MD; BEN-RAFAEL, ZION MD; BARKAI, GAD MD; REICHMAN, BRIAN MBChB
Obstetrics & Gynecology: August 1990
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During the period 1975-1989, 11 high-order (quadruplet or more) multifetal gestations reaching the second trimester were treated in our department. All pregnancies resulted from ovulation induction therapy. Premature contractions occurred in all cases. Two women delivered stillborn quadruplets vaginally at 25 and 26 weeks' gestation. Nine women had cesarean deliveries at 28-35 weeks; one fetus was stillborn and two of the 39 live-born infants died. Twentynine (74%) weighed less than 1500 g and 16 (41%) were below the tenth percentile for gestational age. Thirty infants have been followed for at least 2 years, corrected for gestational age; 21 (70%) are developing normally, two are severely handicapped with both cerebral palsy and mental retardation, four have mild motor delay, and three have mild motor and mental delay.

(C) 1990 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists