Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine
Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, Joachim W.
Editorial Board Member: / Bancalari, Eduardo / Milner, Anne / Genc, Mehmet R. / Chervenak, Frank A. / Chappelle, Joseph / Bergmann, Renate L. / Bernardes, J.F. / Bevilacqua, G. / Blickstein, Isaac / Cabero Roura, Luis / Carbonell-Estrany, Xavier / Carrera, Jose M. / D`Addario, Vincenzo / D'Alton, MD, Mary E. / Dimitrou, G. / Grunebaum, Amos / Hentschel, Roland / Köpcke, W. / Kawabata, Ichiro / Keirse, Marc J.N.C. / Kurjak M.D., Asim / Lee, Ben H. / Levene, Malcolm / Lockwood, Charles J. / Marsal, Karel / Makatsariya, Alexander / Nishida, Hiroshi / Papp, Zoltán / Pejaver, Ranjan Kumar / Pooh, Ritsuko K. / Romero, Roberto / Saugstad, Ola D. / Schenker, Joseph G. / Sen, Cihat / Seri, Istvan / Vetter, Klaus / Winn, Hung N. / Young, Bruce K. / Zimmermann, Roland
9 Issues per year
IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 1.577
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.705
CiteScore 2016: 1.49
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.829
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.808
Thanks to the US National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference, the odds of antenatal use of glucocorticoids for preventing severe neonatal complications of premature delivery have significantly increased these last years. The belief that neonatal benefits last up to 7 days after the first course and administration of further courses is safe has led many obstetricians to prescribe multiple antenatal glucocorticoid courses. Whether multiple courses offer an advantage over a single course has not been demonstrated. In contrast, there are accumulating evidence suggesting that this practice may have short and long-term side effects. The potential benefits and side effects of multiple antenatal courses of glucocorticoids, extrapolated from experimental data and observational studies, are detailed in this review. Until the results of ongoing randomized trials with long term follow-up are available, the practice of giving multiple courses of glucocorticoids to women should be considered with the greatest caution.
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