Chapter 12. Indices of Maturity

  1. John T. Queenan MD Professor Chairman Emeritus3,
  2. John C. Hobbins MD Professor of Obstetrics4 and
  3. Catherine Y. Spong MD Chief5
  1. Alessandro Ghidini MD1 and
  2. Anna Locatelli MD2

Published Online: 30 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444312904.ch12

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Ghidini, A. and Locatelli, A. (2009) Indices of Maturity, in Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition (eds J. T. Queenan, J. C. Hobbins and C. Y. Spong), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444312904.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 3257 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  2. 4

    University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4200 East 9th Avenue, B-198, Denver, CO 80262, USA

  3. 5

    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Bivd, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3800 Reservoir Road NW, 3 PHC, Washington, DC 20007-2197, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Milano-Bicocca Monza, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 9 SEP 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405125796

Online ISBN: 9781444312904

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Keywords:

  • surfactant – complex substance containing phospholipids and apoproteins;
  • respiratory distress syndrome (RDS);
  • fetal pulmonary maturity;
  • lecithin : sphingomyelin ratio;
  • phosphatidylglycerol (PG) – minor constituent of surfactant;
  • indices of maturity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Invasive Tests

  • Non-Invasive Tests

  • Indications for Assessing Pulmonary Maturity and Role of Gestational Age

  • Conclusions

  • References