Editorial| Volume 12, ISSUE 3, P603-620, September 1992

Assessment of Fetal Lung Maturity by Laboratory Methods

  • Stuart B. Dubin
    Address reprint requests to: Stuart B. Dubin, MD, PhD, Clinical Chemistry #4708, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048-0750
    From the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
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      The prediction of respiratory distress syndrome by laboratory methods is discussed in this article. Because of the relatively low prevalence of this disease, methods with exceptionally high diagnostic sensitivity and specificity are required, although they are not always readily available. This work discusses the utility of commonly used methods in the context of the physical and chemical principles involved. The emphasis is on practical application and issues of use to the clinical laboratory in approaching this controversial and difficult area of laboratory assessment.
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