9. Fetal Lung Maturity

  1. John T. Queenan MD3,
  2. Catherine Y. Spong MD4 and
  3. Charles J. Lockwood MD5
  1. Alessandro Ghidini MD1,2 and
  2. Sarah H. Poggi MD1,2

Published Online: 4 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119963783.ch9

Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition

Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Ghidini, A. and Poggi, S. H. (2012) Fetal Lung Maturity, in Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition (eds J. T. Queenan, C. Y. Spong and C. J. Lockwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119963783.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 4

    Bethesda, MD, USA

  3. 5

    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 2

    Perinatal Diagnostic Center, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655764

Online ISBN: 9781119963783

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Keywords:

  • fetal lung maturity;
  • fetal lung maturity tests, on amniotic fluid;
  • fetal pulmonary maturity assessment;
  • specific tests for lung maturity;
  • multiple tests;
  • respiratory distress syndrome (RDS);
  • variables affecting risk of RDS, pulmonary maturity tests;
  • Foam Stability Index (FSI);
  • scheduling ultrasound examinations

Summary

Fetal lung maturity tests are performed on amniotic fluid and they evaluate fetal lung maturation either by quantifying components of pulmonary surfactant (e.g. lecithin, phosphatidylglycerol, or lamellar bodies) or by measuring the surface active effects of the phospholipids in the surfactant.