Biomarkers of spontaneous preterm birth: an overview of the literature in the last four decades.

@article{Menon2011BiomarkersOS,
  title={Biomarkers of spontaneous preterm birth: an overview of the literature in the last four decades.},
  author={Ramkumar Menon and Maria Regina Torloni and Chiara Voltolini and Michela Torricelli and Mario Merialdi and Ana Pilar Betr{\'a}n and Mariana Widmer and Tomas J. Allen and Iulia Davydova and Zulfiya Khodjaeva and Poul Thorsen and Marian Kacerovsky and Vojt{\`i}ch Tambor and Tytti Massinen and Judith Nace and Chander P. Arora},
  journal={Reproductive sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={18 11},
  pages={1046-70}
}
BACKGROUND Understanding spontaneous preterm birth ([PTB] < 37 weeks) is difficult due to heterogeneities associated with multitudes of risk factors and pathophysiological pathways. Several biomarkers are routinely used clinically for predicting preterm labor; however, these factors are either nonspecific or detected too late. OBJECTIVE Systematic review of literature on PTB biomarkers in the last 40 years to map out the existing knowledge and gaps in understanding PTB biomarkers. SEARCH… CONTINUE READING

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