Simultaneous nonstress fetal heart rate testing in twin pregnancy

Lawrence D. Devoe, Huguette Azor

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Twenty-four sets of twins in the third trimester of pregnancy underwent 120 simultaneously recorded nonstress tests (NSTs). Synchronous patterns of fetal heart rate alterations occurred in 58% of the cases and were associated with single placentas and small weight differences between twins. Reactive NSTs were frequent (77%) and, when they occurred within 1 week of delivery, conferred a good prognosis, ie, no perinatal deaths and low morbidity. Nonreactive NSTs were associated with both fetal deaths and a perinatal morbidity of 28%. Simultaneous NSTs for twins are technically feasible in the third trimester. They confer a reliable prognosis when reactive; nonreactive tests are less specific and require further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-455
Number of pages6
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume58
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1981

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Fetal Heart Rate
Twin Pregnancy
Third Pregnancy Trimester
Morbidity
Fetal Death
Placenta
Weights and Measures
Perinatal Death

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Simultaneous nonstress fetal heart rate testing in twin pregnancy. / Devoe, Lawrence D.; Azor, Huguette.

In: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 58, No. 4, 10.1981, p. 450-455.

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