Compendium, 2005: Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes
Key clinical point: antenatal corticosteroids can be given to women with preterm premature rupture of membranes
without fear of infection.
In our experience, this approach significantly reduces perinatal mortality, primarily by reducing preterm premature rupture of membranes
and very low birth weight delivery.
Adolescent mothers had higher rates of complications, including anemia, preterm premature rupture of membranes
(PPROM), chorioamnionitis, and eclampsia, compared with adults.
Precursors for late preterm birth included spontaneous labor in 30% of cases, preterm premature rupture of membranes
(PPROM) in 32% of cases, and medical indications for an obstetric, maternal, or fetal condition in 32% of cases.