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When betamethasone and dexamethasone are unavailable: hydrocortisone.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11894514     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature on alternatives to betamethasone and dexamethasone for enhancement of fetal lung maturity. STUDY DESIGN: A medline search was conducted from 1966 to the present. Trials dealing with enhancement of fetal lung maturity using modalities other than betamethasone or dexamethasone were reviewed. RESULTS: Eight studies met inclusion criteria. Excluding betamethasone and dexamethasone, the most frequently studied glucocorticoids, for fetal lung maturation, are methylprednisolone and hydrocortisone. Methylprednisolone does not cross the placenta. Two grams of hydrocortisone has been shown to improve indices of fetal lung maturity (i.e., L/S ratio) and to improve fetal outcomes compared to no treatment. CONCLUSION: There is limited information about alternatives to betamethasone and dexamethasone for the enhancement of fetal lung maturity in women at risk of preterm delivery. In the absence of these two preferred drugs, hydrocortisone can be given at a dose of 500 mg intravenously every 12 hours for four doses for this indication.
L E Moore; J N Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:    2001 Oct-Nov
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-15     Completed Date:  2002-04-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  456-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216-4505, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
Betamethasone / therapeutic use*
Dexamethasone / therapeutic use*
Hydrocortisone / therapeutic use*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature, Diseases / prevention & control*
Lung / drug effects*,  embryology*
Lung Diseases / embryology*,  prevention & control*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Inflammatory Agents; 378-44-9/Betamethasone; 50-02-2/Dexamethasone; 50-23-7/Hydrocortisone

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