Predicting Preterm Labour: Current Status and Future Prospects
Harry M Georgiou, Megan KW Di Quinzio, Michael Permezel, Shaun P Brennecke
DISEASE MARKERS | HINDAWI LTD | Published : 2015
Preterm labour and birth are a major cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Despite modern advances in obstetric and neonatal management, the rate of preterm birth in the developed world is increasing. Yet even though numerous risk factors associated with preterm birth have been identified, the ability to accurately predict when labour will occur remains elusive, whether it is at a term or preterm gestation. In the latter case, this is likely due to the multifactorial aetiology of preterm labour wherein women may display different clinical presentations that lead to preterm birth. The discovery of novel biomarkers that could reliably identify women who will subsequently deliver preterm ..View full abstract
This paper is supported by the Medical Research Foundation for Mothers and Babies (Victoria) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia).