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Randomised controlled trial
Elective delivery of twins at 37 weeks gestation decreases infant complications
  1. Sarah Jane Stock1,
  2. Jane Elizabeth Norman2
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Sarah Jane Stock
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Bagot Road, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia 6160, Australia; sarah.stock{at}

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In singleton pregnancies, offering elective delivery at or beyond term (40 weeks gestation) reduces perinatal mortality.1 ,2 Epidemiological data suggest that in twin pregnancies ‘term’ may be earlier than in singletons. Morbidity and mortality in twin pregnancies is the lowest in association with delivery at 36–38 weeks gestation, leading the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to endorse elective delivery around 37 weeks for dichorionic twins and 36 weeks for monochorionic twins.3 Data from randomised trials evaluating such a policy is lacking.


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