Singleton babies born prematurely, particularly those born prior to 34 weeks, have improved outcomes if their mothers received antenatal corticosteroids (AQCS) prior to delivery. Recent studies suggest that a second (“rescue”) course of ACS further improve outcomes. Twin pregnancies have a far higher risk of preterm birth, but there are less data examining the effect of corticosteroids and rescue corticosteroids on neonatal outcomes. In this study, we found that twins born prior to 34 weeks had improved short-term outcomes if their mothers were exposed to a rescue course of ACS.
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