The biological basis and prevention of preterm birth.

  title={The biological basis and prevention of preterm birth.},
  author={Gian Carlo di Renzo and Valentina Tosto and Irene Giardina},
  journal={Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology},
The time of birth is a critical determinant of perinatal and long-term outcomes. Preterm birth is still the first cause of infant mortality and morbidity; unfortunately, rates of preterm birth remain high in both high- and low-resource countries, ranging from 5% to 18%. Preterm parturition is a syndrome, which can be induced by various factors such as infection, cervical pathology, uterine overdistension, progesterone deficiency, vascular alterations (utero-placental ischemia, decidual… CONTINUE READING
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