Amniotic fluid volume at presentation with early preterm prelabor rupture of membranes and association with severe neonatal respiratory morbidity

E. Weiner, J. Barrett, A. Zaltz, M. Ram, A. Aviram, M. Kibel, H. Lipworth, E. Asztalos, N. Melamed

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Objective: Amniotic fluid volume (AFV) plays an important role in early fetal lung development, and oligohydramnios in early pregnancy is associated with pulmonary hypoplasia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between AFV at the time of presentation with early preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) and severe neonatal respiratory morbidity and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. Methods: This was a retrospective study of all women with a singleton pregnancy, admitted to a single tertiary referral center between 2004 and 2014, for expectant management of PPROM at 20 + 0 to 28 + 6 weeks' gestation. The primary exposure was AFV at presentation, classified according to sonographic maximum vertical pocket (MVP) as: normal AFV (> 2 cm), oligohydramnios (≤ 2 cm and > 1 cm) or severe oligohydramnios (≤ 1 cm). The primary outcome was a composite variable of severe respiratory morbidity, defined as either of the following: (1) need for respiratory support in the form of mechanical ventilation using an endotracheal tube for ≥ 72 h and need for surfactant; or (2) bronchopulmonary dysplasia, defined as requirement for oxygen at postmenstrual age of 36 weeks or at the time of transfer to a Level-II facility. Adjusted odds ratios (aOR) and 95% CI for the primary and secondary outcomes were calculated for each AFV-at-presentation group (using normal AFV as the reference), adjusting for gestational age (GA) at PPROM, latency period, birth weight, mode of delivery and chorioamnionitis. Results: In total, 580 women were included, of whom 304 (52.4%) had normal AFV, 161 (27.8%) had oligohydramnios and 115 (19.8%) had severe oligohydramnios at presentation. The rates of severe respiratory morbidity were 16.1%, 26.7% and 45.2%, respectively. Compared with normal AFV at presentation, oligohydramnios (aOR, 3.27; 95% CI, 1.84–5.84) and severe oligohydramnios (aOR, 4.11; 95% CI, 2.26–7.56) at presentation were associated independently with severe respiratory morbidity. Other variables that were associated independently with the primary outcome were GA at PPROM (aOR, 0.54; 95% CI, 0.43–0.69), latency period (aOR, 0.94; 95% CI, 0.91–0.98) and Cesarean delivery (aOR, 2.01; 95% CI, 1.21–3.32). Conclusions: In women with early PPROM, AFV at presentation, as assessed by the MVP on ultrasound examination, is associated independently with severe neonatal respiratory morbidity. This information may be taken into consideration when counseling women with early PPROM regarding neonatal outcome and management options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-773
Number of pages7
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • amniotic fluid volume
  • neonatal morbidity
  • preterm premature rupture of membranes
  • respiratory morbidity


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