Research Article| Volume 18, ISSUE 10, P1009-1015, 1996

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Routine Assessment of Fetal Lung Maturation: A 1996 Perspective?

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      Since fetal lung maturation tests first became established in clinical practice, there have been many advances in perinatal medicine. Many clinical guidelines no longer emphasize the importance of routine fetal lung maturation stw:lies. Despite these advances, fetal lung maturation studies are commonly performed. This article reviews the development of fetal lung maturity testing, discusses the clinical value of the test when first introduced, and questions the role of the test in 1996.


      Depuis la mise au point des premiers tests de la maturation des poumons du foetus en pratique clinique, la médecine périnatale a beaucoup progressé. Nombre des lignes directrices cliniques n’insistent plus sur l’importance d’un examen régulier de la maturation des poumons du foetus. Malgré les progrès réalisés, on procède tout de même toujours régulièrement à de tels examens. Dans le présent article, nous examinons l’évolution des méthodes d’évaluation de la maturité des poumons du foetus, nous traitons de la valeur clinique des tests lorsqu’ils ont été mis en place à l’origine et nous nous interrogeons sur le rôle de ces tests en 1996.

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