Premature Rupture of Membranes

  • Paul Lyons
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


  1. 1.

    Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is defined as rupture prior to the onset of labor.

  2. 2.

    Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is defined as PROM occurring prior to 37 weeks’ gestation.

  3. 3.

    Rupture of membranes is followed by onset of labor within 24 h in 90 % of term patients and 50 % of preterm patients.

  4. 4.

    PROM is associated with an increased risk of ascending infection. This risk increases with duration of rupture.



Urinary Incontinence Bacterial Vaginosis Preterm Labor Fetal Heart Rate Spontaneous Rupture 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lyons
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  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA

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