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Type: Journal article
Title: Different magnesium sulphate regimens for neuroprotection of the fetus for women at risk of preterm birth
Author: Bain, E.
Middleton, P.
Crowther, C.
Citation: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012; 2012(2):1-14
Publisher: Update Software Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1469-493X
1469-493X
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Emily Bain, Philippa Middleton, Caroline A Crowther
Abstract: Background: The effectiveness of antenatal magnesium sulphate for neuroprotection of the fetus, infant, and child prior to very preterm birth, when given to women considered at risk of preterm birth, has been established. There is currently no consensus as to the regimen to use in terms of the dose, duration, the use of repeat dosing and timing. Objectives: To assess the comparative effectiveness and adverse effects of different magnesium sulphate regimens for neuroprotection of the fetus in women considered at risk of preterm birth. Search methods:We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group’s Trials Register (31 December 2011). Selection criteria:Randomised trials comparing different magnesium sulphate regimens when used for neuroprotection of the fetus in women considered at risk of preterm birth. We planned to include cluster trials. We planned to exclude quasi-randomised trials and those with a crossover design. We planned to include trials published as full-text papers, along with those published in abstract form only. Data collection and analysis: We planned that at least two review authors would assess trial eligibility. Main results: No eligible completed trials were identified. Authors’ conclusions: Although strong evidence supports the use of antenatal magnesium sulphate for neuroprotection of the fetus prior to very preterm birth, no trials comparing different treatment regimens have been completed. Research should be directed towards comparisons of different dosages and other variations in regimens, evaluating both maternal and infant outcomes.
Keywords: Fetal maturation/treatment
Description: Extent: 20p.
RMID: 0020119492
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009302.pub2
Appears in Collections:Obstetrics and Gynaecology publications

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