Am J Perinatol 2020; 37(08): 866-868
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1709993
Short Communication
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Successful Treatment of Preterm Labor in Association with Acute COVID-19 Infection

Paul C. Browne
1  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, South Carolina
,
Jennifer B. Linfert
1  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, South Carolina
,
Emilio Perez-Jorge
2  Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, South Carolina
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Publication History

08 April 2020

12 April 2020

Publication Date:
24 April 2020 (online)

Abstract

Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection occurring during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of preterm delivery. This case report describes successful treatment of preterm labor during acute COVID-19 infection. Standard treatment for preterm labor may allow patients with acute COVID-19 infection to recover without the need for preterm delivery.

Key Points

  • Acute COVID-19 infection is associated with a high rate of preterm delivery.

  • Standard treatment for preterm labor such as intravenous magnesium sulfate, antepartum steroid therapy and antibiotic prophylaxis for group B streptococcus infection were effective in this patient.

  • In the absence of maternal or fetal compromise, acute COVID-19 infection is not an indication for early elective delivery.