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Preterm labor 

Preterm labor
Chapter:
Preterm labor
Author(s):

Murray Enkin

, Marc J. N. C. Keirse

, James Neilson

, Caroline Crowther

, Lelia Duley

, Ellen Hodnett

, and Justus Hofmeyr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780192631732.003.0024
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date: 23 August 2019

Chapter 24 discusses preterm labor, as well as betamimetic agents and inhibitors of prostaglandin synthesis, oxytocin analogs, calcium antagonists, and magnesium sulphate (although widely used in some centers, has never been adequately evaluated). Other drugs, such as diazoxide, should not be used in attempts to inhibit preterm labor because of their potential for serious side effects. The rejection of other agents does not imply strong endorsement of either betamimetic agents or the inhibitors of prostaglandin synthesis. Although both are effective in temporarily postponing delivery, there is no evidence that the use of these drugs per se reduces infant morbidity.

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