BioMed Research International

Preterm Labor: Up to Date


Publishing date
01 Mar 2019
Status
Published
Submission deadline
19 Oct 2018

1National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

2Klinik für Geburtshilfe und Perinatalmedizin-UKGM, Marburg, Germany

3University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


Preterm Labor: Up to Date

Description

Prematurity is the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Despite this, the incidence of preterm birth has not changed during the last 50 years. Every year about 15 million babies are born preterm. Decreasing the incidence of this complication remains a public health goal worldwide. However, it is difficult to be accomplished, as preterm birth is in fact a syndrome with multiple pathological processes such as uterine overdistension, infection, cervical shortening, and immunological or genetic variations. Moreover, socioeconomic factors, the lifestyle as well as environmental factors, may influence someone’s risk of prematurity. Extensive research on the etiology, pathophysiology, and the management of at-risk cases was made so far. Recent investigations support that interventions such as cervical cerclage, progesterone, or cervical pessary may be of benefit in certain target groups. The persistence of uncertainties of such interventions prevents the implementation of management protocols for the prevention of preterm birth. So far, the use of maternal corticosteroids remains the only generally accepted intervention of proven benefit.

The aim of the editors is to cover the problem of preterm birth from the obstetric perspective, using cutting edge data. Therefore, in this special issue, we especially welcome submissions relating to prematurity. We encourage the submission of both review and research articles reporting on the etiology, the pathophysiology, the prediction, the prevention, and the management of preterm labor. Review articles should describe the current state of the art on this topic, while research articles should contain original research on any of the areas of prematurity.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Infection in preterm labor
  • Vaginal flora in normal pregnancy and in preterm labor
  • Prediction of preterm birth
  • Prevention of preterm birth
  • Tocolytic therapy
  • Preterm premature rupture of membranes
  • Antenatal corticosteroids
  • Twins and preterm labor
  • Genetics of preterm birth
  • Strategies for the prevention of preterm birth

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4870938
  • - Editorial

Preterm Labor: Up to Date

George Daskalakis | Birgit Arabin | ... | Luis Cabero Roura
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7124362
  • - Research Article

Is IVF/ICSI an Independent Risk Factor for Spontaneous Preterm Birth in Singletons? A Population-Based Cohort Study

Nina Jančar | Barbara Mihevc Ponikvar | ... | Sara Korošec
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1837478
  • - Review Article

Assessment of Uterocervical Angle Width as a Predictive Factor of Preterm Birth: A Systematic Review of the Literature

George Daskalakis | Marianna Theodora | ... | Vasilios Pergialiotis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7162478
  • - Research Article

A Retrospective Study on the Risk of Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Singleton Pregnancies with Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes between 24+0 and 36+6 Weeks, Using Regression Analysis for Various Factors

Anna Niesłuchowska-Hoxha | Wojciech Cnota | ... | Piotr Węgrzyn
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7218187
  • - Review Article

The Microbiome and Preterm Birth: A Change in Paradigm with Profound Implications for Pathophysiologic Concepts and Novel Therapeutic Strategies

Birte Staude | Frank Oehmke | ... | Harald Ehrhardt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2065232
  • - Research Article

Emergency versus Elective Cervical Cerclage: An Audit of Our First Two Years of Service

N. Vasudeva | C. Reddington | ... | L. De Luca
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7154216
  • - Research Article

Adiponectin and Omentin Levels as Predictive Biomarkers of Preterm Birth in Patients with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Radzisław Mierzyński | Dominik Dłuski | ... | Bożena Leszczyńska-Gorzelak
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8237087
  • - Research Article

DREAM Is Involved in the Genesis of Inflammation-Induced Prolabour Mediators in Human Myometrial and Amnion Cells

Priyanka Goradia | Ratana Lim | Martha Lappas
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