Prediction and early detection of preterm labor.

  title={Prediction and early detection of preterm labor.},
  author={J. Iams},
  journal={Obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={101 2},
  • J. Iams
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Studies of cervical sonography, fetal fibronectin, and uterine contraction monitoring during pregnancy have improved our understanding of how preterm labor occurs, but their use in practice remains uncertain. This article reviews the use of these tests to improve the accuracy of diagnosis of preterm labor and to estimate the likelihood of preterm birth in women with historical risk factors. Because the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of preterm labor are inaccurate until labor is well… CONTINUE READING
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