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Is a speculum examination sufficient for excluding the diagnosis of ruptured fetal membranes?

Authors
  • Ladfors, L
  • Mattsson, L A
  • Eriksson, M
  • Fall, O
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1997
Volume
76
Issue
8
Pages
739–742
Identifiers
PMID: 9348250
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The false negative rate of a speculum examination for the diagnosis of rupture of the membranes in women without amniotic fluid visible at a speculum examination was 12% when Diamine oxidase was used as the standard for the diagnosis of rupture of the membranes. This study did not show any disadvantages for mothers and infants if the women were sent home after a false negative speculum examination. The value of biochemical methods in the management of women not in labor with rupture of the membranes after thirty-four weeks of gestation could be questioned.

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