1. Tocolytic therapy may offer some short-term benefit in the management of preterm labor. A delay in delivery can be used to administer corticosteroids to enhance pulmonary maturity and reduce the severity of fetal respiratory distress syndrome, and to reduce the risk of intraventricular hemorrhage. No study has convincingly demonstrated an improvement in survival or neonatal outcome with the use of tocolytic therapy alone. Gestational age under 34 weeks is a prerequisite for inhibiting labor. Fifteen weeks gestational age is the lowest gestational age for which inhibition of labor should be considered.

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