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Pediatría (Asunción)

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CHAMORRO, Norma Liliana et al. Characteristics of Newborns of Multiple Gestation Pregnancies in the hospitals of Coronel Oviedo, San Lorenzo and Ciudad del Este. Pediatr. (Asunción) [online]. 2016, vol.43, n.3, pp.207-212. ISSN 1683-9803.


Newborns of multiple gestations pregnancies are considered to be high risk, as they consume greater health system resources, due to the greater frequency of complications.


To describe newborns of multiple gestation pregnancies in 3 hospitals in Paraguay from 2014 to 2016.

Materials and Methods:

This was an observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study. We used an electronic form that tracked the variables of interest, regarding the mother and newborns. The analysis was performed using Stata v.14.0.


A total of 407 newborns, the products of 202 patients with natural multiple gestation pregnancies, were included, of which 199 were double pregnancies and 3 were triples; the median age of the mothers was 26 years. 59.71% (120) were in free unions. 63.95% (128) had insufficient prenatal control. 53% (106) presented UTI and 18% (36) had hypertensive disease of pregnancy. 81.57% (164) of deliveries were by cesarean section. 55.28% (225) were female, the median of the weights was 2250 gr. 49.39% (201) were born between 31 and 36 weeks gestation, and 11.55% (47) were delivered at less than 30 weeks gestation. 98.77% (402) did not present malformations. 46.40% (187) were healthy, whereas 28.78% (116) presented HMD, and 18% (73) underwent evaluation for Sepsis. Neonatal mortality was 14.25% (58).


The incidence of twin pregnancies was 1.1 per 100 live births. The majority was born in the 35th week of gestation, being delivered mainly by cesarean section, with deficient prenatal control noted in 64% of the pregnant women. Infants weighed an average of 2200 grams at birth. The most important morbidity were HMD and Neonatal Sepsis, reaching deaths in 14.25%.

Keywords : Pregnancy; multiple gestation; twin..

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