Premature rupture of membranes

J Natl Med Assoc. 1996 Jan;88(1):27-32.


The management of patients with premature rupture of membranes has changed markedly in the past several years. The basis for this is a combination of a better understanding of newborn physiology, improved neonatal care, refinements in antibiotic therapy, and the widespread use of maternal and fetal monitoring. The best outcome for both mother and infant undoubtedly reflects data based on a combination of factors, among which are gestational age survival, evidence of fetal distress, presence or absence of labor and sepsis, and of course, the cervical condition as it is related to labor-readiness. An important recent advance is the recognition that an active observation management program is associated with less morbidity and mortality than the classic management course of delivery within 12 hours of membrane rupture. The fact that preterm premature rupture of membranes tends to recur in subsequent pregnancies offers an opportunity for prevention. Moreover, advances in perinatal and neonatal care will continue to improve the outcomes of these women and their children.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture* / complications
  • Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture* / diagnosis
  • Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture* / epidemiology
  • Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture* / etiology
  • Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture* / prevention & control
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy
  • Prognosis