a1 College of Medical Technology, Kyoto University. email@example.com
The purpose of this study was to create graphs of fundal height parameters in triplet pregnancies compared with those in twin pregnancies, and to investigate whether larger fundal heights in triplet pregnancies would predispose them to earlier delivery (before 34 weeks). The subjects were 727 twin pregnant women and 133 triplet pregnant women, who delivered after 1984. Triplet pregnancies showed significantly higher fundal heights compared with twin pregnancies at each gestational age (weeks). In triplet pregnancies, a single fundal height measurement above the 90th percentile before 34 weeks yielded a sensitivity of 31.3% and specificity of 82.4% for delivery before 34 weeks, with a positive predictive value of 50.0% and a negative predictive value of 68.0%. After adjusting for each associated factor using logistic regression, the risk of preterm labour was not significantly associated with a single fundal height measurement above the 90th percentile recorded before 34 weeks.
c1 Addres for correspondence: Yoshie Yokoyama, College of Medical Technology, Kyoto University, 53 Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8507, Japan.