A decreased incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis after prenatal glucocorticoid therapy

C. R. Bauer, J. C. Morrison, W. K. Poole, S. B. Korones, J. J. Boehm, H. Rigatto, R. D. Zachman

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In a large multicentered, collaborative randomized and blinded trial utilizing antenatal corticosteroids, the goals included determining the effectiveness of these agents in accelerating lung maturation, as well as monitoring any short-term or long-term adverse effects of this treatment on the parturient, fetus, and/or infant. More than 100 specific items, pertaining to diagnoses, complications and outcomes were recorded for the 696 mothers enrolled in the study and their 745 infants. A significantly decreased incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (P = .002) was found in the infants treated with steroids. The possibility of accelerated intestinal maturation induced by antenatal maternal steroid therapy exists. This treatment regimen is particularly attractive as adverse aspects of steroid therapy at the dosage utilized have not been demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-688
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 5 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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