Fetal lung maturation in twin gestation

Kenneth J. Leveno, J. Gerald Quirk, Peggy J. Whalley, William N P Herbert, Robert Trubey

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Abstract

Clear amnionic fluid was collected at cesarean section and the lecithin/sphingomyelin ( L S) ratio was used to evaluate fetal lung maturation in 42 twin gestations. The L S ratios of twin pairs were usually similar in both numerical value and predictive accuracy except when the greater L S ratio from one member of a pair indicated borderline lung maturity. Twin fetal lung maturation was found to be independent of sex, zygosity, and birth weight discordance. Comparison of mean L S ratios in twins to those of uncomplicated singleton pregnancies revealed that fetal lung maturation occurred several weeks earlier in twins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume148
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 1984

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Lecithins
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Fetal lung maturation in twin gestation. / Leveno, Kenneth J.; Quirk, J. Gerald; Whalley, Peggy J.; Herbert, William N P; Trubey, Robert.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 148, No. 4, 15.02.1984, p. 405-411.

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Leveno, Kenneth J. ; Quirk, J. Gerald ; Whalley, Peggy J. ; Herbert, William N P ; Trubey, Robert. / Fetal lung maturation in twin gestation. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1984 ; Vol. 148, No. 4. pp. 405-411.
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