Show Summary Details
Page of

Prelabor rupture of the membranes 

Prelabor rupture of the membranes
Chapter:
Prelabor rupture of the membranes
Author(s):

Murray Enkin

, Marc J. N. C. Keirse

, James Neilson

, Caroline Crowther

, Lelia Duley

, Ellen Hodnett

, and Justus Hofmeyr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780192631732.003.0023
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 August 2019

“Prelabor rupture of the membranes is defined as spontaneous rupture of the membranes before the onset of regular uterine contractions. It is often referred to as ‘premature rupture of the membranes’, but that name may be misleading, because the word ‘premature’ has also been associated with low birthweight and preterm birth. The expression ‘prelabor rupture’ is more appropriate and precise.When prelabor rupture of the membranes occurs before 37 weeks gestation, it is referred to as ‘preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes’; at or after 37 weeks, it is referred to as ‘term prelabor rupture of the membranes’. The distinction, while arbitrary, is important both for prognosis and for care. This chapter covers diagnosis, examination, risk of infection and fetal immaturity, as well as care before and after the onset of labor, induction, prophylactic antibiotics, and comparison of prostaglandins and oxytocin.”

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.