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Corticosteroids in women at risk of late preterm delivery may reduce respiratory complications in newborns

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 08 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i747
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Giving the corticosteroid betamethasone to women at risk of late preterm delivery may considerably reduce respiratory complications in their newborns, a randomised study has shown.1

Infants born at 34 to 36 weeks are at greater risk of respiratory and other complications than those born at 37 weeks or later. But data on what might help are limited because babies born at full term generally thrive, and it was previously assumed that they had not had the problems seen in babies born …

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