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A single course of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) is an unusual example of an intervention which leads to a cost savings and an improved health outcome for infants born before 34-week gestational age (GA).1 However, the evidence with regards to its effectiveness in late preterm infants (those born between 34 and before 36 6/7 weeks) is unknown.
A single-centre, double-blind, randomised controlled trial of a single course of antenatal corticosteroids versus placebo in women at high risk of preterm birth between 34 and 36 6/7 weeks GA. Between April 2008 and June 2010, 320 women were randomised, 163 to ACS and 157 to placebo, at a large tertiary hospital in Recife, Brazil. Women randomised to …
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