How is the diagnosis of premature rupture of membranes (PROM) confirmed?

Updated: Oct 05, 2018
  • Author: Allahyar Jazayeri, MD, PhD, FACOG, DACOG, FSMFM; Chief Editor: Carl V Smith, MD  more...
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Given the importance of making the correct diagnoses, the associated morbidity with hospitalization and delivery prior to term in PROM reaching 34 weeks and beyond, and the potential neonatal morbidity resulting from prematurity in cases of incorrect diagnoses of PROM, it is mandatory to confirm the diagnosis of PROM with pooling of amniotic fluid with some evidence of decreased or absence of amniotic fluid in all cases of suspected PROM.


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