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J Fam Pract. 2018 Jul;67(7):448-449.

Clinical Inquiries: What are the benefits/risks of giving betamethasone to women at risk of late preterm labor?

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University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Madison, USA.
University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Ebling Library, USA.


Giving betamethasone to women at risk for delivery between 34 weeks 0 days and 36 weeks 6 days can lower by almost 40% the incidence of transient tachypnea of the newborn, severe respiratory distress syndrome, and the use of surfactant (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, systematic review of randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). Betamethasone may increase neonatal hypoglycemia, but the hypoglycemia isn't associated with a prolonged hospital stay or other negative outcomes.

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