Pregnant women with premature rupture of membranes and gestational age between 34 and 37 weeks: Is the interruption of pregnancy (active management) better than expectant management to reduce neonatal sepsis?

Ya Chuen Chuang, Conny González, Horacio Figueroa, Enrique Oyarzún

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Abstract

Introduction: Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) occur in eight to ten percent of pregnancies, and 20 percent of them occur in preterm pregnancies. Biggest fetal risks after preterm PROM are complications due to prematurity. Before 34 weeks of gestation it is preferred an expectant management, and the use of antibiotics and steroids. Between 34 and 37 weeks, however, practices are variable without a clear consensus about the best management. Objective: The objective of this review is to explore the available evidence about active versus expectant management in pregnancies with PROM between 34 and 37 weeks (36 weeks plus 6 days). Methods: Different databases were searched for medical literature, including 'PubMed' and 'Cochrane', using the following terms: 'Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture', 'Premature Birth', '34 and 37 weeks' and 'Clinical Trial'. The search was limited to clinical randomized trials. From a total of 31 studies, three were selected, in which critical analysis guidelines for evaluation of therapy studies were applied. Results: Three clinical trials which answered our question were included in this review. The first study concluded that in patients whose pregnancies were interrupted immediately, the incidence of neonatal sepsis was low but is was not able to demonstrate that this action improved outcomes compared to expectant management (2.6% vs 4.1%). Active management in this study was associated to greater incidences of hyperbilirubinemia, hypoglycemia and longer neonatal hospital stay. In the second article the incidence of neonatal sepsis was low and didn't decrease with induction of labor. It also didn't reduce the risk of other maternal nor neonatal outcomes. Finally, the third study concluded that induction of labor increased neonatal complications without reducing neonatal sepsis, but at the expense of increased frequency of intrapartum hemorrhage and maternal fever. Conclusion: After analyzing the selected articles, it is possible to conclude that there is enough evidence to say that expectant management is not inferior to active management in relation to PROM between 34 and 37 weeks of gestational age. Fetal.

Translated title of the contributionPregnant women with premature rupture of membranes and gestational age between 34 and 37 weeks: Is the interruption of pregnancy (active management) better than expectant management to reduce neonatal sepsis?
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)681-691
Number of pages11
JournalRevista Chilena de Obstetricia y Ginecologia
Volume82
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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