Quadruplets are occurring more frequently as assisted-reproduction techniques improve fertility in couples previously unable to conceive. Ten quadruplet pregnancies cared for in one perinatal practice over 5 years had excellent outcome. The mean gestational age at delivery was 32.5 weeks, compared with approximately 30 weeks in the literature. There were no perinatal deaths and no long-term morbidity. Our patients were compared with a series of 57 consecutive patients with quadruplet pregnancies monitored by a home monitoring system. Parity of 1 or more appeared to improve outcome. Pregnancy-induced hypertension occurred in nine of our pregnancies and necessitated delivery in seven instances. Fetal distress was responsible for two deliveries and uncontrollable preterm labor for only one. Key points in our management protocol include prophylactic use of low-dose aspirin, home contraction monitoring, use of terbutaline pump tocolysis, and bed rest at home starting at 16 weeks.
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