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Ureaplasma urealyticum and premature birth.
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PMID:  8399898     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Evidence related to the association of Ureaplasma urealyticum with premature birth is reviewed. U. urealyticum is a common inhabitant in the vagina of pregnant women. It is recovered from the vaginas of approximately 70% of pregnant women. The presence of U. urealyticum in the vagina is not associated with premature birth. Therapy to eradicate U. urealyticum from the vagina during pregnancy does not reduce the incidence of premature birth. Recovery of U. urealyticum from the amniotic fluid has not been associated with prematurity. However, in three of six reports, the recovery of U. urealyticum from the chorioamnion has been associated with prematurity, and U. urealyticum is rather consistently associated with histological chorioamnionitis. This review suggests that U. urealyticum in the lower genital tract is not associated with premature birth but that its presence in the chorioamnion is weakly associated with prematurity and strongly associated with histological chorioamnionitis.
D A Eschenbach
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America     Volume:  17 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1058-4838     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  1993 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-09     Completed Date:  1993-11-09     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203213     Medline TA:  Clin Infect Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S100-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195.
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MeSH Terms
Amniotic Fluid / microbiology
Chorioamnionitis / etiology
Genital Diseases, Female / etiology
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Obstetric Labor, Premature*
Ureaplasma Infections / etiology
Ureaplasma urealyticum / isolation & purification*,  pathogenicity

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