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Anomalies occur in registrations of fetal deaths in multiple pregnancies

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:188
  1. P O D Pharoah, Emeritus professor (
  1. Department of Public Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GB

    EDITOR—In a monozygotic monochorionic multiple pregnancy the fetal death of one conceptus may have profound consequences, such as neonatal death, cerebral palsy, and severe mental disability for the livebirth co-conceptus. Because of these consequences the importance of registering a twin fetus papyraceus has been discussed previously.14

    A fetal death must be registered if delivery takes place after 24 weeks' gestation, irrespective of the gestational age at the time of death When …

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