Does the use of fetal fibronectin in an algorithm for preterm labor reduce triage evaluation times?

Gene T. Lee, Richard Burwick, Noelia Zork, Siri Kjos

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Objective: To determine the effectiveness of a novel algorithm based on fetal fibronectin (FFN) for management of preterm labor (PTL). Methods: A randomized trial was performed on patients who presented with symptoms of PTL at 24-34 weeks. Patients were randomized to algorithms with cervical exams only versus cervical exams plus FFN. In this algorithm, physicians had to discharge patients with a negative FFN result. The primary outcome was the evaluation time for triage. The secondary outcomes were admission to the hospital for PTL, preterm birth

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)706-709
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Algorithm
  • Evaluation time
  • Fetal fibronectin
  • Preterm labor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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