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Rare disease
Delayed interval delivery in a triplet gestation
  1. Rachel J Wooldridge1,
  2. Emily A Oliver1,
  3. Tulika Singh2
  1. 1Department of Women's Health, Barts Health NHS Trust, Newham University Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Women's Health, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachel J Wooldridge, racheljanewooldridge{at}


A 27-year-old Ghanaian primigravida with a known triamniotic trichorionic triplet pregnancy presented at 17 weeks gestation following a miscarriage of one triplet at home. Examination and investigation revealed no signs of imminent delivery or infection. After careful counselling with regard to prognosis and options available for management, the couple opted for intervention including rescue cerclage. The patient received antibiotic prophylaxis for five days and daily progesterone suppositories until delivery. An ultrasound scan was performed every three weeks to monitor fetal growth and cervical length. At 24 weeks corticosteroids for fetal lung maturity were given. At 31 weeks gestation she experienced spontaneous rupture of membranes followed by active labour and forceps delivery. There were no maternal complications. Both babies were born in a good condition, but required ventilatory support for 72 h.

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