The use of the polymerase chain reaction to detect bacteria in amniotic fluid in pregnancies complicated by preterm labor.

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this investigation was to determine the feasibility of using the polymerase chain reaction to detect bacteria in amniotic fluid and to compare pregnancy outcomes in subsets of women categorized by amniotic fluid culture, polymerase chain reaction, and interleukin-6 findings. STUDY DESIGN Amniotic fluid from 54 pregnancies with… (More)

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