Effect of antibiotic therapy in preterm premature rupture of the membranes on neonatal mortality and morbidity

J. Bar, A. Maayan-Metsger, M. Hod, Z. B. Rafael, R. Orvieto, Y. Shalev, L. Sirota

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of prophylactic antibiotic treatment on prenatal and neonatal outcome after preterm premature rupture of the membranes (P-PROM). The study population consisted of 172 pregnant women admitted to the Rabin Medical Center in Israel with P-PROM at 23-34 gestational weeks. The patients were divided into two groups by mode of expectant management - prophylactic ampicillin and erythromycin (study group, n = 121) or observation only (control group, n = 51) and compared for neonatal outcome. There were no significant differences between the groups in age, gravidity, parity, or gestational age at admission. Significantly more women in the study group had an interval of more than 24 hours from onset of P-PROM to delivery (98 women, 81%) than the control group (32 women, 63%) (p = 0.001). The neonatal mortality rate was significantly lower in the study group (6.6%) than the control group (17.6%) (p = 0.03). The lower neonatal mortality rate associated with prophylactic antibiotic treatment in P-PROM has important clinical implications for the effectiveness of this type- of management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibiotics
  • Neonatal mortality
  • P-PROM
  • Prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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