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Preterm Birth

Panagiotis Antsaklis

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Lecturer in Fetal and Maternal Medicine and Gynaecological Ultrasound at the Alexandra Maternity Hospital, University of Athens, Greece, Associate Member of International Academy of Perinatal Medicine (IAPM), Visiting Professor at Weill Cornell University, Executive Editor of Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Member of Steering Committee of International Organization Gestosis, and the Co-Director of Greek Branch Ian Donald School.


Preterm Birth Epidemiology Risk Factors Infection and Preterm Birth Prediction Cervical Length Prevention Progesterone Cerclage Low Birth Weight Viability Corticosteroids

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Preterm birth remains one of the greatest challenges in obstetrics and one of the leading causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Despite the progress in the field of fetal medicine the last few years, the incidence of preterm delivery has not decreased. However, a lot of knowledge has been gained regarding the prediction and prevention of preterm birth, in specific study populations. The management of preterm birth depends on maternal characteristics and obstetrical history and on ultrasound findings. The type of treatment also depends on the previous findings. Certain types of treatment appear to be more effective on specific populations. Also the combination of these treatment methods will be discussed. Timely administration of corticosteroids to neonates that are born prematurely has also offered a great improvement in their outcome. On the other hand, over treatment with corticosteroids should be avoided. Aim of this book is to put together all the latest knowledge and evidence based medicine regarding the management of one of the most challenging obstetrical complications, preterm birth.

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Panagiotis Antsaklis

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Panos Antsaklis, MD, PhD Academic fellow in Fetal & Maternal Medicine Alexandra Maternity Hospital Medical School University of Athens Greece Phone: +30 2107771386 Fax: +30 2107771386 Mobile: +30 6945586417 E-mail: Education 2002 MD degree, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece 2009 PhD degree, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece • PhD Thesis: “The role of cervical length measurement in the first trimester of pregnancy for the prediction of preterm delivery” 2005-2010 Residency in OB GYN, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK 2020 European Association of Perinatal Medicine (EAPM) Subspecialty in Perinatal Medicine Working Experience 2002-2004 “Alexandra” Maternity Hospital, Medical School, University of Athens, Research Assistant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrical Ultrasound 2004-2005 Officer in Greek Navy, Athens Naval Hospital 2005-2010 John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK. Resident in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Present Position: 2010 - Lecturer in Fetal & Maternal Medicine and Gynaecological Ultrasound, “Alexandra” Maternity Hospital, University of Athens, Greece Publications - Peer reviewed papers 36 - Greek publications 45 - Chapters in books 15 - Abstracts in international conferences 92 Other Experience and Professional Memberships 2012-present: Executive Board, Ian Donald School 2016-present: Member of the Board (treasurer), Hellenic Society for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology 2009-present: Member, International Society f Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2014-present: Member of the Board, Hellenic Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008-present Member of the Board, Hellenic Society of Perinatal Medicine Other titles Associate Member of International Academy of Perinatal Medicine (IAPM) Visiting Professor Weill Cornel University Executive Editor Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology Member of Steering Committee of International Organization Gestosis Co-Director Greek Branch Ian Donald School

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