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Pre-term pre-labour rupture of membranes and the role of amniocentesis

Kenyon, AP; Abi-Nader, KN; Pandya, PP; (2010) Pre-term pre-labour rupture of membranes and the role of amniocentesis. Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review , 21 (2) 75 - 88. 10.1017/S096553951000001X. Green open access

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Abstract

Pre-labour premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is defined as rupture of membranes more than 1 hour prior to the onset of labour at <37 weeks gestation. PPROM occurs in approximately 3% of pregnancies and is responsible for a third of all preterm births. Once membranes are ruptured prolonging the pregnancy has no maternal physical advantage but fetal morbidity and mortality are improved daily at early gestations: 19% of those infants born <25 weeks develop cerebral palsy (CP) and 28% have severe motor disability. Those infants born extremely pre term (<28 weeks) cost the public sector £75835 (95% CI £27906–145508) per live birth not to mention the emotional cost to the family. To prolong gestation is therefore the suggested goal: however how and why might we delay birth in those at risk?

Type: Article
Title: Pre-term pre-labour rupture of membranes and the role of amniocentesis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S096553951000001X
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S096553951000001X
Additional information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Inst for Women's Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Inst for Women's Health > Maternal and Fetal Medicine
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/19929
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