Bacteria linked to cause of preterm birth

January 9, 2014 4:50 PM

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Bacteria linked to cause of preterm birth

The presence of bacteria may have a role in preterm premature rupture of membranes, or when a pregnant woman’s water breaks too soon.

The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest that the bacterial presence is associated with thinning of the fetal membranes. More research is needed to understand whether bacterial presence is a cause or consequence of fetal membrane weakening.

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