How is prematurity or premature birth diagnosed?

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Prematurity is diagnosed by determining the gestational age of the baby using ultrasound imaging, calculating from a date of conception, using the Dubowitz exam, electronic fetal monitoring, blood samples.
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Is a premature birth a birth defect?

not really, there is a chance that the baby could have a defect but that can happen to even a baby that was born on time. Premature birth means that the baby was born early, t

How is premature labor diagnosed?

A physical and vaginal examination, a vaginal culture, urine and blood samples, a fetal heart monitor may be hooked up, fetal ultrasound, amniocentesis.

How is premature menopause diagnosed?

Premature menopause is diagnosed by blood tests and patients should be screened for diabetes, thyroid disease and similar diseases.

How is premature rupture of membranes diagnosed?

A pelvic exam can determine if amniotic fluid is leaking. The fluid when placed on nitrazine paper turns dark blue. Smearing some fluid on a slide will look feathery under the

How is prematurity or premature birth treated?

Treatment depends on the complications. Often the premie is placed in a heat-controlled unit, fed oxygen, intravenous feedings, fetal monitoring, massage, may require drugs or

What are the causes of prematurity or premature birth?

Premature birth is caused by premature labor, placental abruption, placenta previa, premature rupture of membranes, incompetent cervix, maternal toxemia, drug abuse or is usua