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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-19

Premature rupture of membranes: A review


Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Ilorin Teaching H ospital, Ilorin, Nigeria

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Federal Medical Centre, P.M.B. 1001, Lokoja
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Premature rupture of membranes (PROM), resulting from array of Pathological mechanisms, is a recognized complication of pregnancy and its management is usually of concern to the obstetricians because of the possible Lethal associated complications. PROM can occur at term or before term with the preterm type constituting greater risks to the fetus and the mother. Numerous controversies exist regarding the best methods of clinical assessment and management of the gravida and the fetus after PROM. These controversies which have plagued this disorder fro many decades appear rf recent to be taking a more consensus outlook among the authorities involved. Management now generallv hinges on evaluation o f the relative risks of infection, umbilical cord accident, operative or expectant delivery and the gestational age in-patients not in Labour. A Literature review on PROM has thus been carried out, throwing some Lights on the current understanding of this condition based on published data, consensus and expert opinion. The possible aetiology, diagnosis, complications and management are discussed. Some management guidelines are proffered.


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