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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

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Preterm premature rupture of the membranes and antioxidants: the free radical connection

P. D. Wall / E. K. Pressman / J. R. Woods Jr.

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Volume 30, Issue 6, Pages 447–457, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: 10.1515/JPM.2002.071, June 2005

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Aim: To discuss the role of oxidant stress in preterm, premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM). Results: There is evidence to suggest that preterm, premature rupture of the membranes occurs secondary to focal collagen damage in the fetal membranes. Conclusion: Oxidant stress caused by increased ROS formation and/or antioxidant depletion may disrupt collagen and cause premature membrane rupture. We propose that supplementation with vitamins C and E may synergistically protect the fetal membranes, and decrease the risks of PPROM.

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