Vaginal Fluid Inflammatory Biomarkers and the Risk of Adverse Neonatal Outcomes in Women with PPROM

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of vaginal fluid biomarkers for chorioamnionitis and adverse perinatal outcomes in women with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM).


We recruited women with PPROM, without clinical chorioamnionitis, between 22 and 36 weeks' gestation. Vaginal fluid was collected on admission for the measurement of metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), interleukin-6 (IL-6), lactate, and glucose concentration. Placental pathology and neonatal charts were reviewed. Primary outcomes were histological chorioamnionitis and adverse neonatal neurological outcomes (intraventricular hemorrhage grade 2 or 3, periventricular leukomalacia, or hypoxic/ischemic encephalopathy). Linear regression analyses were used to adjust for gestational age at PPROM.


Twenty-seven women were recruited at a mean gestational age of 31.6 ± 3.1 weeks, including 25 (93%) with successful collection of vaginal fluid sample. Histological chorioamnionitis and adverse neonatal neurological outcomes were observed in nine (33%) and four (15%) cases, respectively. In univariate analysis, MMP-8, IL-6, glucose, and lactate concentrations in vaginal fluid were associated with the risk of chorioamnionitis but not anymore after adjustment for gestational age at PPROM. MMP-8 concentration was the only biomarker associated with adverse neurological outcome, and it remained significant after adjustment for gestational age at PPROM (p = 0.02).


Vaginal fluid inflammatory biomarkers at admission for PPROM could predict adverse perinatal outcomes.

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