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Transvaginal multifetal pregnancy reduction: Which? When? How many?

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of medicine
Publication Date
Volume
25
Issue
3
Pages
275–278
Identifiers
PMID: 8333927
Source
Medline
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Abstract

This report contains the experience of our centre, using the transvaginally guided puncture procedure, to reduce the number of fetuses in a multifetal pregnancy to a lower number. The aim of the procedure was to improve perinatal outcome and/or to meet the personal desires of patients and their families. We surveyed 148 multifetal pregnancy reductions. The fetus or fetuses overlying the internal os was most commonly reduced. The total uncorrected loss of the entire pregnancy was 13.4%. The corrected pregnancy loss was 11%. Of the 63 twins left after the reduction, 33 delivered preterm. Of the 36 singletons, two delivered preterm. Our conclusion was that multifetal pregnancy reduction is a safe procedure for the mother and has an acceptable loss rate of the entire pregnancy. The reduction of a fetus overlying the internal os by the transvaginal puncture procedure seems to yield results at least as good as the transabdominally performed puncture procedures for multifetal pregnancy reduction.

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