Rapid preterm labour test now available

Presenting at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists annual scientific meeting last week, Professor Andrew Shennan said the new test had a better positive predictive value than the existing qualitative fetal fibronectin test, which only had a 20% positive predictive value.

“Instead of having this broad brush… we can now risk discriminate,” said Professor Shennan, of the Maternal and Fetal Research Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.