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Letters Reducing the risk of preterm birth

Antibiotics for the prevention of infection related preterm birth

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5805
  1. Ronald F Lamont, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark, 5000 Odense C, Denmark
  1. rlamont{at}

Stock and Ismail discuss reducing the risk of preterm birth, which is an important cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity.1 But they omit the use of antibiotics to prevent infection related preterm birth. The aetiology of preterm birth is multifactorial, but overwhelming evidence implicates infection or inflammation in up to …

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