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New paradigms in fetal lung maturity testing

from Clinical Laboratory News

Since the early 1970s, fetal lung maturity (FLM) testing has played an important role in identifying neonates at risk of respiratory distress syndrome. The various assays, developed in the 1970s and 1980s, maintained their popularity into the 1990s. However, FLM testing has been on the wane in recent years as physicians have found the results less informative to their decision making about when to time delivery. Even so, information about FLM still has a place in certain situations, and the potential loss of one of the assays will require laboratorians and clinicians to collaborate about available options and develop continuity plans. more

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