Efect of 25 weeks probiotic supplementation on immune function of HIV patients
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Objective: The objective of the study was to use recursive partitioning (RP) to identify gestational age-specific and threshold values for infectious and endocrine biomarkers of imminent delivery. Study Design: RP was developed using a previously collected data set and then applied to a prospectively collected cohort of women in threatened preterm labor. Predictors of preterm birth were considered, including white blood cell count (WBC), corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH), cortisol, and maternal age. Results: At 22-27 weeks' gestation, WBC of greater than 12,000/mL was the most accurate predictor of delivery within 48 hours; at 28-31 weeks' gestation, CRH of greater than 684 pg/mL was the most accurate predictor; and at 32-26 weeks' gestation, CRH and maternal age were the most important variables. Conclusions: These results indicate that maternal WBC greater than 12,000/mL prior to 28 weeks' gestation and CRH beyond 28 weeks are the most accurate biomarkers in predicting preterm birth within 48 hours. RP assists in establishing clinically relevant and gestational age-specific threshold levels for these variables. © 2008 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.