Journal article

An evaluation of the benefits and harms of antenatal corticosteroid treatment for women at risk of imminent preterm birth or prior to elective Caesarean-section: Study protocol for an individual participant data meta-analysis.

Elizabeth Wastnedge, Joshua Vogel, Jasper V Been, Cynthia Bannerman-Gyamfi, Ewoud Schuit, Devender Roberts, Rebecca M Reynolds, Sarah Stock, undefined Co_Opt collaboration

Wellcome Open Research | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: Antenatal corticosteroid treatment (ACT) has been widely accepted as a safe, beneficial treatment which improves outcomes following preterm birth. It has been shown to reduce respiratory distress syndrome and neonatal mortality and is commonly used in threatened or planned preterm delivery, as well as prior to elective Caesarean-section at term. There are some concerns however, that in some cases, ACT is used in patients where clinical benefit has not been established, or may potentially increase harm. Many women who receive ACT do not deliver preterm and the long-term consequences of ACT treatment are unclear. This study aims to evaluate the benefits and harms of ACT using lates..

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