Is antenatal group B streptococcal carriage a predictor of adverse obstetric outcome?
SM Garland, N Kelly, AM Ugoni
Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology | Published : 2000
OBJECTIVES: While early-onset neonatal GBS sepsis is positively associated with premature birth and prolonged rupture of membranes, there is debate in the literature as to whether maternal GBS colonization is a predictor of adverse obstetric outcome. This is a critical issue to resolve for appropriate management (expectant vs. interventional management) of the patient presenting with premature rupture of membranes, who has no overt signs of sepsis, but who is colonized with GBS. METHODS: Since 1981 it has been hospital policy to screen all public patients antenatally for genital carriage of GBS by collection of a low vaginal swab at 28-32 weeks. All patients colonized with GBS antenatally ar..View full abstract