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Medical Verdicts

Could preterm twins have been saved?

March 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 3

<court>US District Court</court>

Within in 48 hours of birth, twin boys born at 24 weeks’ gestation died due to respiratory distress syndrome.

The mother claimed negligence, alleging that the obstetrician should have:

  • performed a urinalysis and urine culture at her first prenatal visit,
  • ordered a urinalysis and therapy for asymptomatic bacteria detected on urine dipstick testing,
  • assessed her for preterm labor during an office visit, and
  • provided medical therapy to prevent preterm birth.

The physician argued that premature delivery could not have been prevented.

  • The jury awarded the plaintiff $225,000.

The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn ( While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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