Premature Rupture of Membranes
Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is defined as rupture prior to the onset of labor.
Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is defined as PROM occurring prior to 37 weeks’ gestation.
Rupture of membranes is followed by onset of labor within 24 h in 90 % of term patients and 50 % of preterm patients.
PROM is associated with an increased risk of ascending infection. This risk increases with duration of rupture.