Premature Labor and Intra-Amniotic Infection. Clinical Aspects and Role of the Cytokines in Diagnosis and Pathophysiology

Clin Perinatol. 1995 Jun;22(2):281-342.

Abstract

The role of infection in the pathogenesis of preterm labor and delivery, and the specific mechanisms through which this association is demonstrated are presented. Cellular and biochemical changes that initiate parturition in the setting of infection are discussed, particularly prostaglandins and cytokines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis
  • Bacterial Infections / physiopathology*
  • Chorioamnionitis / diagnosis
  • Chorioamnionitis / microbiology*
  • Chorioamnionitis / physiopathology
  • Cytokines / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Labor, Obstetric / physiology
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / diagnosis
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / microbiology*
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / physiopathology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / physiopathology
  • Prostaglandins / physiology
  • Uterine Diseases / microbiology
  • Uterine Diseases / physiopathology

Substances

  • Cytokines
  • Prostaglandins