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Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2001;51(3):165-8.

Elevated interleukin-8 concentrations in cervical secretions are associated with preterm labour.

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  • 1Perinatal Research Centre and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Royal Women's Hospital, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the potential clinical utility of interleukin-8 (IL-8) present in cervical secretions as a marker of preterm labour and delivery. Samples of cervical mucus from 91 pregnant women were assessed for the presence and concentration of IL-8. Two samples were collected (at 18 +/- 2 and 28 +/- 2.5 weeks of gestation) and correlated with cervicovaginal microbiology and cervical length, as measured by transvaginal ultrasound. The IL-8 concentration at 28/40 was significantly higher in women who went on to deliver preterm (p < 0.01), and there was a greater than five-fold increase from 18 to 28 weeks in 6/7 of these women.

PMID:
11306902
DOI:
52917
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