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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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1
University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Madison, USA.
2
University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Ebling Library, USA.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
29989619
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