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Preterm labor.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10029786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Preterm labor is the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality in the United States. It is characterized by cervical effacement and/or dilatation and increased uterine irritability before 37 weeks of gestation. Women with a history of preterm labor are at greatest risk. Strategies for reducing the incidence of preterm labor and delivery have focused on educating both physicians and patients about the risks for preterm labor and methods of detecting preterm cervical dilatation. Methods used to predict preterm labor include weekly cervical assessment, transvaginal ultrasonography, detection of fetal fibronectin and home uterine activity monitoring. As yet, it is unclear if any of these strategies should be routinely employed. At present, management of preterm labor may include the use of tocolytic agents, corticosteroids and antibiotics.
D G Weismiller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  1999 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-04     Completed Date:  1999-03-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  593-602     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, N.C., USA.
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MeSH Terms
Obstetric Labor, Premature* / drug therapy,  therapy,  ultrasonography
Risk Factors
Tocolytic Agents / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Tocolytic Agents

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