Transabdominal Amnioinfusion is basically where the doctors stick a needle into your uterus through your stomach and put fluid in. It’s similar to an Amniocentesis except instead of taking fluid out, they are putting fluid in. There has not been a lot of research into using this as a tool in pPROM, but there is at least one study. I could copy and paste the study or link to it, but I’ll just summarize the results and put a link at the bottom of the page.
- There were two groups of women with pPROM. Half underwent the procedure, and half had “regular” care.
- The group that underwent the procedure went longer without delivering than the group that didn’t.
- The group that underwent the procedure was LESS LIKELY to deliver within two weeks of pPROM.
- The babies that underwent the procedure had a SIGNIFICANTLY higher survival rate at each gestational age.
- The babies that underwent the procedure had a reduction in pulmonary hypoplasia (where the lungs don’t develop correctly).
If you would like to look at the full text of the study, here is a link to the study from the National Institutes of Health.