Antenatal corticosteroids for fetal maturation in women at risk for preterm delivery

Alex C. Vidaeff, Nora M. Doyle, Larry C. Gilstrap

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The available data unambiguously support the beneficial, short-term fetal effects of antenatal corticosteroids in women at risk for preterm delivery. There are still several incompletely addressed questions, including the use of corticosteroids in women with preterm premature rupture of membranes, the optimal corticosteroid preparation to be used, and the impact of repeated dosing. These issues are discussed in this review from the perspective of recent scientific evidence on the mechanisms responsible for positive short-term effects on survival and possible harmful long-term effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-840
Number of pages16
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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