Maternal and neonatal outcomes following expectant management of preterm prelabour rupture of membranes before viability

Winnie Huiyan Sim, Edward Araujo Júnior, Fabricio Da Silva Costa, Penelope Marie Sheehan

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To assess the contemporary maternal and neonatal outcomes following expectant management of preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) prior to 24 weeks' gestation and to identify prognostic indicators of this morbid presentation. We performed a systematic review in the Pubmed and EMBASE databases to identify the primary (perinatal mortality, severe neonatal morbidity and serious maternal morbidity) and secondary (neonatal survival and morbidity) outcomes following expectant management of previable PPROM. Mean latency between PPROM and delivery ranged between 20 and 43 days. Women with PPROM <24 weeks had an overall live birth rate of 63.6% and a survival-to-discharge rate of 44.9%. The common neonatal morbidities were respiratory distress syndrome, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and sepsis. The majority of neonatal deaths within 24 h post birth were associated with pulmonary hypoplasia, severe intraventricular haemorrhage and neonatal sepsis. The common maternal outcomes were chorioamnionitis and caesarean sections. The major predictors of neonatal survival were later gestational age at PPROM, adequate residual amniotic fluid levels, C-reactive protein <1 mg/dL within 24 h of admission and PPROM after invasive procedures. Pregnancy latency and neonatal survival following previable PPROM has improved in recent years, although neonatal morbidity remains unchanged despite recent advances in obstetric and neonatal care. There is heterogeneity in management practices across centres worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-44
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Perinatal Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • Maternal morbidity
  • neonatal morbidity
  • perinatal mortality
  • preterm premature rupture of membranes
  • systematic review

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