Mini Review
Volume 11 Issue 9 - 2022
The Role of Antenatal Corticosteroid Administration in Lung Maturation in Anticipated Preterm Delivery
Eirini Kostopoulou*
Department of Paediatrics, University of Patras School of Medicine, Patras, Greece
*Corresponding Author: Eirini Kostopoulou, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Patras, Patras, Greece.
Received: August 19, 2022; Published: August 23, 2022




Abstract

Preterm delivery is associated with complications in neonates, with respiratory distress syndrome being the most common. A review of published literature is provided regarding the positive effects of antenatal steroids when preterm delivery is anticipated. Recent bibliography on large cohorts of neonates was studied. Pubmed reference lists were searched using combination of the following terms: “antenatal corticosteroids”, “corticosteroids and preterm delivery” and “prematurity and antenatal corticosteroids”. Overall benefit in terms of neonatal outcomes has been proven, including lung function and cardiovascular health. Antenatal corticosteroid administration is beneficial when preterm delivery is anticipated, particularly when administered between 24 - 34 gestational weeks.

Keywords: Antenatal Care; Corticosteroids; Preterm Birth; Respiratory Distress Syndrome; Betamethasone; Neonate

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Citation: Eirini Kostopoulou. “The Role of Antenatal Corticosteroid Administration in Lung Maturation in Anticipated Preterm Delivery”. EC Paediatrics 11.9 (2022): 35-38.

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