Twin pregnancies have a high rate of preterm birth. It is well known that prematurity is a risk factor for many adverse outcomes in newborns. However, most studies focus on short-term outcomes such as NICU admission, infections, and need for respiratory support. However, long-term outcomes are usually more relevant to expectant parents. In this study, we examined long-term outcomes of twins, based on the gestational age at delivery. We found that fortunately, the likelihood of major adverse outcomes was low, even for very premature twins. The rates of less severe outcomes was higher, but that was true even amongst the twins born at term, suggesting that children nowadays are receiving more services and more diagnoses in general for less severe issues.
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