Journal article

Different corticosteroids and regimens for accelerating fetal lung maturation for women at risk of preterm birth

Fiona C Brownfoot, Daniela I Gagliardi, Emily Bain, Philippa Middleton, Caroline A Crowther

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite the widespread use of antenatal corticosteroids to prevent respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants, there is currently no consensus as to the type of corticosteroid to use; nor the dose, frequency, timing of use or the route of administration. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of different corticosteroid regimens for women at risk of preterm birth. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (13 February 2013). SELECTION CRITERIA: All identified published and unpublished randomised controlled trials or quasi-randomised control trials comparing any two corticosteroids (dexamethasone or betamethasone or any other cortic..

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