Prenatal administration of betamethasone for prevention of respiratory distress syndrome.


The outcome of 114 infants of birth weight 750 to 1,750 gm who received prenatal betamethasone therapy was compared retrospectively to that of 138 infants delivered to untreated women. The incidence of respiratory distress syndrome in all treated infants was 37.7% compared with 50.7% (P = 0.05) in untreated infants. There was no apparent benefit of therapy… (More)


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