Different magnesium sulphate regimens for neuroprotection of the fetus for women at risk of preterm birth.

Emily Bain, Philippa Middleton, Caroline A. Crowther

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Abstract

The effectiveness of antenatal magnesium sulphate for neuroprotection of the fetus, infant, and child prior to very preterm birth, when given to women considered at risk of preterm birth, has been established. There is currently no consensus as to the regimen to use in terms of the dose, duration, the use of repeat dosing and timing. To assess the comparative effectiveness and adverse effects of different magnesium sulphate regimens for neuroprotection of the fetus in women considered at risk of preterm birth. We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (31 December 2011). Randomised trials comparing different magnesium sulphate regimens when used for neuroprotection of the fetus in women considered at risk of preterm birth. We planned to include cluster trials. We planned to exclude quasi-randomised trials and those with a crossover design. We planned to include trials published as full-text papers, along with those published in abstract form only. We planned that at least two review authors would assess trial eligibility. No eligible completed trials were identified. Although strong evidence supports the use of antenatal magnesium sulphate for neuroprotection of the fetus prior to very preterm birth, no trials comparing different treatment regimens have been completed. Research should be directed towards comparisons of different dosages and other variations in regimens, evaluating both maternal and infant outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCochrane database of systematic reviews (Online)
Volume2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 25 May 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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