Endocrine assays to predict preterm delivery

Clin Perinatol. 1998 Dec;25(4):837-57, vi.

Abstract

Advances in the understanding of the endocrine and hormonal mechanisms involved in normal and abnormal labor have led to clinical research into the roles of hormones and cytokines in preterm labor. This article reviews the current status of assays for estriol, activin, corticotropin-releasing hormone, interleukin-6, and relaxin as predictors of preterm labor and delivery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activins
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone / blood*
  • Estriol / analysis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inhibins / blood*
  • Interleukin-6 / blood*
  • Mass Screening
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / diagnosis*
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / etiology
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / metabolism*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Pregnancy
  • Relaxin / blood*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Saliva / chemistry*

Substances

  • Biomarkers
  • Interleukin-6
  • Activins
  • Inhibins
  • Relaxin
  • Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone
  • Estriol