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Case Report, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 3 Issue: 3

Should we Re-Define Age of Fetal Viability in Nigeria? A Case Report of Newborn Survival from Pre-Viable Pre-Labor Rupture of Membranes

Joseph Ifeanyichukwu Ikechebelu1*, George Uchenna Eleje1, Ebele Francesca Ugochukwu2 and Emeka Stephen Edokwe2
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria
2Department of Paediatrics/ Neonatology Unit, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria
Corresponding author : Joseph Ifeanyichukwu Ikechebelu
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, PMB 5025, Nnewi, Anambra state, Nigeria
Tel: +2348034044189
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 06, 2014 Accepted: May 18, 2014 Published: May 23, 2014
Citation: Ikechebelu JI, Eleje GU, Ugochukwu EF, Edokwe ES (2014) Should we Re-Define Age of Fetal Viability in Nigeria? A Case Report of Newborn Survival from Pre-Viable Pre-Labor Rupture of Membranes. J Womens Health, Issues Care 3:3. doi:10.4172/2325-9795.1000142

Abstract

Should we Re-Define Age of Fetal Viability in Nigeria? A Case Report of Newborn Survival from Pre-Viable Pre-Labor Rupture of Membranes

In Nigeria, the age of fetal viability is defined as fetus that have achieved at least 28 weeks of gestation in utero, while World Health Organization (WHO) has reduced this age to 24 weeks gestation. By implication, delivery prior to 28 weeks gestation is regarded as abortion.

Keywords: Re-definition; Age of fetal viability; Inevitable abortion; 28 weeks gestation; 24 weeks gestation; World Health Organization

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