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Delayed interval delivery in twin pregnancy without cerclage: Case Report

B Chigbu, S Onwere, C Kamanu, C Aharauka, C Okolie, O Iheanyichukwu

Abstract


This report describes a patient-counselling approach and non-surgical management of a dichorionic, diamniotic twin pregnancy where the delivery of the second twin followed the delivery of the first by 59 days. An initial ultrasound scan at twenty and a half weeks gestational age suggested cervical dilatation with protruding amniotic membrane of a dead first twin, and a viable second twin. She aborted the dead fetus at 21 weeks’ gestation and delivered a healthy female infant weighing 1300g at twenty nine and a half weeks gestation. After the loss of the first foetus, delayed delivery in multiple pregnancies can be successful in selected cases as exemplified by the case presentation. In well prepared perinatal centers, with physically and psychologically balanced patients who are well informed about the risks and benefits of the procedure, delayed interval delivery in twin pregnancy without cerclage may be a reasonable strategy.



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