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Non-stress test and fetal breathing movements: Biophysical variables as early indicators of infection in premature rupture of membranes.

 Gonzales RM,
 Ancheta-Macaranas MG

To determine the value of the modified biophysical profile (non-stress test, fetal breathing movement, fetal movement, and fetal tone) in evaluating patients with premature rupture of membranes (PROM) and were not in labor, 83 patients beyond 28 weeks gestation with premature rupture of membranes and were not labor who subsequently delivered within 48 hours were evaluated. The modified biophysical profiles done prior to delivery were compared to the pregnancy infection outcome as reflected by the development of chorioamnionitis, and/or probable or documented neonatal sepsis. Our data suggest that the fetal biophysical profile is a useful tool for evaluating patients with PROM. The best indicators of non-infection were a reactive non-stress test and normal fetal breathing movements while the indicators of infection were abnormal fetal movements and fetal tone. These latter variables, however, are affected rather late in the process. The nonstress test and fetal breathing movements were the first variables to be affected by infection and can serve as early indicators of fetal infection in patients with premature rupture of membranes. (Author)

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Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Philippine Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Publication Date
January-March 1998
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