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Commentary on: Yinon Y, Haas J, Mazaki-Tovi S, et al. Should patients with documented fetal lung immaturity after 34 weeks of gestation be treated with steroids? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2012;207:222.e1–4.
Implications for practice and research
Infants whose mothers were treated with antenatal corticosteroids (ANS) after documented fetal lung immaturity at >34 weeks’ gestation had a lower rate of composite respiratory morbidity.
There was no statistically significant difference in the rate of special care unit admission.
The study supports prolonging pregnancy as long as possible without incurring undue risk to the mother as the most beneficial approach to avoid prematurity-related newborn complications.
Late preterm infants are the fast-growing proportion of preterm infants in the USA, and these infants are at risk for a variety of prematurity-related morbidities, including respiratory and feeding difficulties and neonatal …
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