premature rupture of membranes

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This is defined as rupture of membranes occurring after 20 and before 37 completed weeks of gestation. This event occurs in up to 8% of pregnancies.

The principle complications of premature rupture of membranes are:

  • ascending infection
  • cord prolapse
  • premature labour

Expert obsetric advice should be sought.

Last edited 08/2019 and last reviewed 05/2022