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Increased neonatal morbidity despite pulmonary maturity for deliveries occurring before 39 weeks.
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PMID:  22963341     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Objective: To compare neonatal outcomes following deliveries <39 weeks after confirmation of fetal lung maturity with scheduled deliveries ≥39 weeks. Methods: A retrospective cohort study examining neonatal outcomes of women who were delivered following documented fetal pulmonary maturity at 36, 37, and 38 weeks compared to women undergoing a scheduled delivery at 39, 40, and 41 weeks. The chi square test and Student t test were used to compare categorical and continuous data respectively. Results: Delivery prior to 39 weeks following fetal pulmonary maturity was associated with a 8.4 % composite neonatal morbidity rate as compared to 3.3% for deliveries at 39 weeks or greater (relative risk [RR] 2.9; confidence interval [CI] 2.4-3.6). Neonatal respiratory morbidity was significantly higher (5.4%) for those delivering at less than 39 weeks with documented fetal pulmonary maturity as compared to 2.1% for those delivering at 39 weeks or greater (RR 3.0; CI 2.3-3.9). Increased neonatal morbidity persisted for those delivered prior to 39 weeks even after excluding all diabetics (p<.001). Significant increases in neonatal morbidity were noted for deliveries prior to 39 weeks regardless of the mode of delivery. Conclusion: Despite fetal pulmonary maturity, delivery before 39 weeks is associated with significantly increased neonatal morbidity when compared to scheduled deliveries at 39 weeks or greater.
Yu Ming Victor Fang; Peter Guirguis; Adam Borgida; Deborah Feldman; Charles Ingardia; Victor Herson
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-11
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Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-9-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut.
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