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Prelabour rupture of the membranes (rupture of the membranes prior to the onset of labour) occurs in 20% of all births.1 When this occurs at term there is good evidence that early delivery is associated with a lower incidence of maternal infection and increased maternal satisfaction compared with expectant management.2 Preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM) complicates up to 2% of all pregnancies and is the cause of 40% of all preterm births.3 Unlike at term, the optimal management of women with PPROM …
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