Triple Gestations in Two University Teaching Hospitals in Yaounde, Cameroon
The frequency of triplet pregnancies is increasing due to medically assisted reproduction. This retrospective study, carried out in 2 university hospitals in Yaounde (Cameroon) over a 6-year period, was done to evaluate the complications that occurred during triple pregnancies as well as the mode of delivery of triplets. A total of 43 cases were analyzed. The most common complications that occurred during pregnancy were preterm delivery and pre-eclampsia. Twenty seven women (62.8%) delivered vaginally and 16 (37.2%) were delivered by caesarean section with the most common indications being mal presentation and cord prolapse of the 1st triplet. In patients who have proper antepartum monitoring, it is possible to pre-select cases for trial of vaginal delivery because vaginal delivery is possible and carries no significant risk for the foetuses.
Keywords triplet gestations; pre-eclampsia; premature delivery; vaginal delivery; caesarean section